Neighbourhood Energy-Watch, summary


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Survey of domestic energy efficiency in Bromborough, Wirral, UK. Healthy Cities Community Interest Company in partnership with Transition Village Eastham and Bromborough and Energy Projects Plus. Funded by Local Energy Assessment Fund, Energy Saving Trust. 2012

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Neighbourhood Energy-Watch, summary

  1. 1. NEIGHBOURHOODENERGY WATCH SURVEYFINDINGS FROM TRANSITION VILLAGE EASTHAM AND BROMBOROUGH Why we did the survey: Areas surveyed (red): Port Sunlight ● To explore why some residents of Bromborough area have not taken up free home insulation (Warmer Wirral) Bromborough Pool ● To guide development of the Government’s new scheme; the Green Spital Deal, later in 2012 (east of railway) ● To investigate whether community net- works could help residents; sharing information, peer-support or practical action Bromborough ● We asked whether vulnerable groups, including older people, may find it more difficult to access insulation schemes Dibbinsdale Road area Brookhurst Avenue area Thanks to the Mayor for launching the project 1
  2. 2. Participant’s views about Climate Change Natural phenomenon - 16% Consequence of industrial development - 14% Combination of natural and industrial - 70% ATTITUDES AND PRIORITIES ● We knocked on 2000 doors! ● We spoke to 541 residents of Bromborough, New Ferry, Port Sunlight and Brookhurst ● 12% were tenants of private landlords, 10% were tenants of housing associations. Most people that we spoke to were homeowners (74%) ● We were interested in people’s views about climate change. Residents who expressed alternate views to the scientific consensus about climate change and the greenhouse effect may be less motivated to insulate their homes ● 84% of responses indicated they viewed that human activity was partially or totally responsible for climate change ● 16% expressed the ‘sceptic’ view; that climate change is a natural phenomenon Approximately 90% of residents take some action to reduce their energy use Turn down thermostat 59% 40% Only one room heated 19% 62% 28% or don’t know Turn off heating No insulation None of above 10% insulation 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Some Within the group of residents who had no insulation or didn’t know, a greater proportion said that money was a priority, rather than being an equal priority with protecting the environment. This suggests that it is important to continue raising awareness of the Saving money impact of climate change. priority2
  3. 3. HOW CAN WARMER WIRRALHELP RESIDENTS INSULATE THEIR HOMES?Warmer Wirral offers free cavity wall and loft insulationto every homeowner or tenant of private landlordsDo you have maximum loft insulation (27cm thickness)?Loft insulation - the majority of participants (77%) said theyhave the maximum amount● If you have less than 15cm thickness of insulationWarmer Wirral can top it up to 27cm● Some residents had technical difficulties about loftaccess or storage of items Has maximum Less than maximum Don’t know - 10% loft insulation - 77% loft insulation - 13% Do you have cavity wall insulation?100% Brookhurst and Dibbinsdale Bromborough Central Bromborough South Bromborough North Port Sunlight South Bromborough Rake 75% New Ferry South 50% 25% 0% Dont have suitable walls Dont know Doesnt have Cavity Has Cavity Wall Insulation Wall Insulation ● Cavity wall insulation - 46% of residents already have this. ● Residents who do not have cavity wall insulation could benefit from Warmer Wirral - they were encouraged to get in touch, as the free offer will close soon ● Older properties with solid walls cannot have cavity wall insulation • Some areas within the survey have a greater proportion of these (orange bars in figure) • Next page gives opportunities for insulating solid walls 3
  4. 4. GREEN DEAL OPPORTUNITIES From October 2012 the Green Deal will offer financing for up-front costs of fitting insulation. Residents will repay costs over time from energy savings, resulting from the insulation. Interested - 56% Not interested - 38% No response - 6% What is the Green deal? ● What is the Green Deal? The Governments new programme to help people finance home insulation (and other energy efficiency measures) • This will include solid wall insulation ● Amongst households that weren’t fully insulated, a majority (56%) were interested in schemes such as the Green Deal (of 307 participants whose houses were not fully insulated) What is solid wall insulation? ● Houses built before 1920 are likely to have solid walls, and cannot be insulated in the same way as modern walls ● Instead, insulation can be applied to the outside or the inside of the wall ● Cavity walls have a regular brick pattern, whereas solid walls have an alternating pattern How many homes need it? ● Almost a quarter of participants said they had solid walls or didn’t know. These residents could benefit from the Green Deal to finance insulation For more info on the green deal:
  5. 5. HEALTH ISSUES AND VULNERABLE GROUPS All participants = 541 Older than 70 = 82 Vulnerable = 138 Size of circles do not represent data.Within our survey participants reported Within our survey, houses with solid wallsthat members of the household were; but with loft insulation had a higher proportion of households with vulnerable• Older than 70 years old (15%) people than other types of house.• Older than 80 years old (7%)• Had learning difficulties (2%) This may indicate that vulnerable people• Had sight or hearing problems (4% ) are more likely to live in older houses.• Or had health needs (12%) However it also indicates that vulnerable people have had their lofts insulated,These households may find it more which may mean that insulationdifficult to engage with home insulation programmes are reaching vulnerableschemes – issues included: groups.• Unknown representatives calling at This group may be a priority for the Greenthe door Deal solid wall insulation.• Mobility issues mean no longer able toaccess loft space• Special modifications in bathroom maybe disrupted with improvement work 5
  6. 6. HOW YOUR COMMUNITY CAN HELP Some people expressed an interest in ‘Neighbourhood Energy Watch’ Scheme Scheme 20% 17% solidwalls + loft insulation 15% 14% partially insulated fully insulated 8% not insulated 10% 6% 5% 0% Community networks may be important to help people with more difficult insulation improvements. Would you like to discuss insulation and other issues with neighbours? ● Local meetings or online ● Transition Village Eastham and Bromborough would like to facilitate groups of neighbours getting together to share problems about a particular house construction, or problem with financing. We’re not experts, but we can support each other. This project was funded by Local Energy Assessment Fund (Energy Saving Trust) and has been led by the community organisation Transition Village Eastham and Bromborough, in partnership with the social enterprise Healthy Cities Community Interest Company, and the charity Energy Projects Plus. Helpful Links Warmer Wirral: Warmer Healthy Homes: Goverment’s site: Centre for Sustainable Energy, Solid-wall insulation: options for older homes: This report was written by Neil Chadborn and Bill McGarry, Healthy Cities CIC. April 2012.6