Smart homes – get your application in!

SmartHomes advice line  020 7527 4736  (open Monday to Friday, 9am- 7pm) The SmartHomes scheme is offering a grant (no repayment required) of up to £6000 for energy efficiency upgrades to your home – exactly the kinds of upgrades we’ve been encouraging to make your home more comfortable and kinder on the environment. This scheme is available … Continue Reading


Climate Change in 2015

Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark’s book “The Burning Question” is worth reading – a frank, measured account of where we are with climate change and what we can do now.   According to the authors, and many other mainstream climate commentators, it is increasingly unlikely that we will keep to the 2 degree limit in global temperatures.  … Continue Reading

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Ed Davey MP in Muswell Hill

On 19th November 2014, Ed Davey MP, Minister for Energy and Climate Change came to Muswell Hill, to a public meeting arranged by Lynne Featherstone MP.  Below is a summary of the talk and questions that followed.  Based on notes by Cara Jenkinson, with gaps, I’m sure! Renewables We now have more offshore wind than … Continue Reading

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Fantastic Muswell Hill Geisterfest

Several Muswell Hill Sustainability Group members were involved in the Muswell Hill Geisterfest – a ghost festival that took place on 31st October.  The festival was all about bringing local traders and the community together, and there was support from so many of the shops on the Broadway.  Sustainability is about valuing what we have … Continue Reading

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Our new Homeowner Pack


A new home energy efficiency guide does the legwork for Muswell Hill householders to bring their home up to 21st Century standards of energy efficiency – whilst increasing comfort , reducing running costs, cutting carbon and maintaining character.  The Muswell Hill Sustainability Group’s Homeowner Pack contains 60 pages of up-to-date information about insulation, draughtproofing, renewable … Continue Reading


Some good news on sustainability


Groups campaigning for sustainability are often frustrated by how little happens and how slow change is.  However the UK has made some real progress in terms of energy saving and renewable energy, albeit from a low base.  We now produce 15% of our electricity from renewable sources – this is double what it was in … Continue Reading

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Wrinkled veg and half-eaten humous


Emma Barnett from Love Food Hate Waste came to talk to us on 7th July.  She started off with some scary facts:  In the UK we throw away enough food, from our homes, to fill Wembley Stadium to the brim nine times over – every year’; ‘Wasting food costs the average family £480 a year. … Continue Reading


Wood Fuel BBQ


MHSG’s Wood Fuel Group had a Summer BBQ on 22nd June.   Stewart showed off his stores of wood, and inspired others to join the Wood Fuel Group whose aim is to use local felled wood for local homes.  Woodburning stoves are becoming increasingly popular but many people are paying a lot of money to buy … Continue Reading

21st C Homes Exhibition Hall

A great success!


Our 21st Century Homes Character Comfort Low Carbon event was a great success with around 140 visitors.  There was a real buzz, and visitors seemed to appreciate the variety of stalls and the advice available.  Despite a power outage at the start(!) the talks went very well too, and hopefully inspired visitors to take action … Continue Reading

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21st Century Homes 15th/16th March


The banner is up outside the venue! Counting down to the weekend of 15/16 March when we are running another 21st Century Homes – Character Comfort Low Carbon event, this time at the Moravian Church in Hornsey. You can register at http://hce21ch.eventbrite.co.uk The idea of this event is to provide practical help and inspirational stories for people looking to improve … Continue Reading

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