How energy efficient is your home?
Half of our energy is used in
buildings, and half of that in 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:
under floors, inside and outside walls
generating electricity or hot water
efficient windows, new or with secondary
renovation projects and small, cheap, DIY
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
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.
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
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
Find out more about
fuel poverty and affordable warmth
|Save money and tackle climate change
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.
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
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 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
reports the Telegraph, 31 March 2014
|Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK
In 2002, the Department of Health published
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).
updated report was published by the Department of Health in February
Summary for the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, November
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
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.