Nick Hartley
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I live in Hopefield Avenue with my family and have been attempting to reduce our domestic carbon footprint as much as possible over the years. This includes the obvious things like loft insulation, draught-proofing, secondary double-glazing (with heat reflecting glass), efficient condensing boiler, low energy light bulbs throughout and less obvious things like individual programmers on radiators so as not to heat rooms when noone's there, and a clean-burning wood stove. This year, hopefully, having been granted planning permission, I'll be installing a solar water heater of 3.3 square meters promising around 4000 units of hot water per annum. Other, only partly successful, projects so far have been rainwater collection and use for washing, and greywater recycling for flushing toilets.
Transport-wise, we joined the Streetcar club 4 years ago and also acquired a G-wiz electric car which gets us around London once or twice a week. Getting used to the limited range (40 miles) and remembering to charge the batteries takes a change of mindset, but you get used to it!
I'd be happy to discuss with or show any of you Transition folk these projects.

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Energy Coop Blues

Posted on February 11, 2016 at 13:01 0 Comments

Following on from my last post (hopefully not the Last Post!), finally met with the decision makers at Preston Manor School, Wembley: Head, Chair of Governors, Business and Site managers. I presented our offer (Saving on electricity of around £2700 a year, no cost to school, 5% to investors) and got some awkward questions in return.  What if a child were to climb on the solar roof and get injured? What if a hurricane were to blow a panel off and damage people or property? (answer: our…


Brent Energy Coop

Posted on January 21, 2016 at 12:46 0 Comments

Just wanted to let you all know that there is an Energy Coop functioning in Brent!

A group of us from TTKTK and Brent FOE started meeting about 18 months ago responding to FOE's campaign to get local schools to 'Run on Sun'.  (i.e install Solar PV panels) We looked at the various ways of raising funds, ranging from local council money (no chance with the cut-backs) through donations (as e.g. organised by 10:10) to forming a Coop, which we have done. I attended a meeting…


G-wiz for sale

Posted on April 1, 2011 at 9:00 0 Comments

G-wiz for sale. 5 years old. 12,500 miles. New batteries at 9900 miles. One owner. £ 2900 ono. (as you all know, electric cars pay no road tax or congestion charge and are cheap to run - 4p/mile)

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At 18:04 on October 11, 2010, Paul Mitchell-Gears said…
I thought it might appeal to your inner engineer :). I of course would love you to do it as I could find out if it is practicable at no risk to myself :D. If you decide to give it a go let me know as I'd be more than happy to help out with the project. Unfortunately my brother the RAC man lives in Croydon not locally :(.
At 21:46 on June 23, 2010, Simon Walton said…
I now have an OWL borrowed from Queens Park Library (the Westminster one on Harrow Road) for three weeks, though they said that they would not hassle me to get it back, which sounded a litle strange.
We shall see how I get on with it.
At 17:57 on June 20, 2010, Simon Walton said…
Thank you very much for your energy and water saving event.

It was incredibly useful and I hope to be able to borrow a similar electric meter about which I would not have known without the meeting.

Simon Walton
At 9:43 on May 4, 2010, George Latham said…
Thanks for your message Nick... Sounds great to do a session on all the lifestyle changes/choices that you have made. Do you think that it would be best to do it as an open day/evening at your house so that you can show people round? Or else we could get you to do a talk at another transition event -such as one of the film nights, or we are hoping to have a local architect do a presentation on urban sustainable design soon? Maybe best to do it at your house if you are happy to have people round and then you would be able to show people as well as tell... then we need to think about whether to do it as a daytime event on a weekend or a weekday evening event... do call me to discuss anytime on 07957655750. Also we can think about whether to promote just to KtoK or to a wider transition London audience... Regards George

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