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How energy efficient is your home?

Half of our energy is used in buildings, and half of that in homes. Green Homes Sheffield is a new network to help Sheffield homeowners make their homes more comfortable, affordable and energy efficient.

The network is hosting 10 Open Days in April and May 2014, all around the city, where you can visit 20 homes which have had work done to make them more greener and warmer. 

You can see:

  • insulation under floors, inside and outside walls

  • solar panels generating electricity or hot water

  • energy efficient windows, new or with secondary glazing

  • major renovation projects and small, cheap, DIY improvements

  • and lots more! 

The hosts are looking forward to your questions - hear first-hand about what they've done, who has helped them, and the difference it's made! We may well have an open home rather like yours - search for homes with particular features or see the full list of homes in Sheffield. Please book your visit online - each home has a range of tours or opening times for which you can register - it's simple and free. 

Join the Green Homes Sheffield network for regular updates and information about special offers and trusted companies.

How energy efficient is your home?

You could reduce heat loss by improving the insulation of your home:

  • 26% of heat lost from an uninsulated home is through the roof
  • 18% of heat lost through windows
  • 33% of heat lost through walls
  • 11% of heat lost through doors and floors

Sheffield City Council's Sustainable Housing and Affordable Warmth (SHAW) team can help improve heating, insulation and draught proofing by providing information and advice on energy efficiency and grants. Telephone 0114 273 6294 or see www.sheffield.gov.uk/greenhomes

Find out more about fuel poverty and affordable warmth here.

Save money and tackle climate change

East End Quality of Life Initiative is keen to communicate the effects of climate change to local communities in Sheffield. As a way of demonstrating what people can do for themselves, and the practical benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the home, EEQOL have been loaning out Smart Meters to people in Darnall and Tinsley. Using a Smart Meter (from Efergy, who supplied the project with the meters at cost price)  shows where and how energy is being used, helps identify where energy consumption could be reduced, and confirms whether energy saving measures are working.

EEQOL are now able to extend this offer to other communities in Sheffield.  If you would like to try a Smart Meter at home for a month, contact Barbara Rimmington (0114 285 9931) or Neil Parry (0114 285 9911).


IPCC report: Climate change is a health emergency, reports Fiona Godlee in the BMJ, 3 April 2014

IPCC report: Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind reports the Guardian, 31 March 2014

IPCC report: War, famine and pestilence - ‘Climate change is happening and no one in the world is immune’ reports the Independent, 31 March 2014

IPCC report: 'No-one will be untouched by climate change' reports the Telegraph, 31 March 2014

Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK

In 2002, the Department of Health published its first report, based on evidence provided by the UK Climate Impacts Group (UKCIP). The report suggested that:

  • cold-related deaths were likely to decrease by up to 20,000 annually
  • heat-related deaths might increase by up to 2,000 per year
  • cases of food poisoning could increase by about 10,000 per year
  • there could be a small increase in vector-borne diseases (e.g. malaria and tick-borne diseases)
  • a small increase in water-borne diseases was possible
  • a significant risk of more major disasters caused by severe winter gales and coastal flooding
  • a decline in the effects of air pollutants on health, but several thousand extra deaths and hospital admissions per year due to the effects of ozone in the summer
  • increase of skin cancer by about 5,000 cases per year and cataracts by 2,000 cases per year
  • measures taken to reduce the rate of climate change through reducing greenhouse gas emissions could have secondary benefits for health (e.g. through reduced road accidents, increased walking and cycling, and improved house insulation).

An updated report was published by the Department of Health in February 2008.

Summary for the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, November 2004.

The UK Climate Impacts Programme

UKCIP provides scenarios that show how our climate might change and co-ordinates research on dealing with our future climate. The climate of the United Kingdom and recent trends is the first in a series of reports under the umbrella of the UK 21st Century Climate Change Scenarios (known as UKCIP08). When considering how climate change is going to affect the UK, it’s useful to understand the risks that current climate already poses to individuals, landscapes, organisations and the economy, before moving on to explore future climate risks. Their new report provides a valuable source of information to support this first step, stimulating better understanding of how the UK’s climate affects our everyday lives.


How should Sheffield respond to the threat to public health from climate change?

Sheffield Director of Public Health Report 2006

Take our survey to tell us what you think about climate change

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Health Effects of Climate Change in Europe

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) published a briefing "Climate Change and Health: Protecting the most vulnerable" in October 2007, presenting a review of scientific evidence on climate change and health in European countries, and policy recommendations.

Sheffield Low Carbon Network

A network linking Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) organisations in Sheffield who want to contribute to reducing carbon and tackling climate change. Created in 2009 the organisation comprises around 70 organisations.