For Hethersett Junior School in Norfolk energy saving has been high on the agenda for the last five years. With an eco team in place, double glazing and LED lights installed, the next step was to start generating their own clean energy. Solar Schools beckoned!
For Roseberry Primary School in Billingham, their journey towards clean energy started with a request from their pupils for a wind turbine! Sadly that wasn't possible, but crowdfunding for solar panels with the help of 10:10 was.
It's a great time to get into bike fixing. The rise of the online how-to video means you can get expert walkthroughs of almost any specific problem, but if you're just getting started, following these five basic groundrules will make everything else easier.
In the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams describes the ultimate torture device:
When you are put into the Total Perspective Vortex, you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it a tiny little mark, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says, 'You are here.'"
I imagine Duncan Clark has a good idea of how this feels. Along with his co-author Mike Berners-Lee, he's spent the last few years studying international politics, the workings of the fossil fuel industry, and the latest research to take stock of where we are with climate change – and it's not pretty.
HOFOR (formerly known as Københavns Energi) and 10:10 Danmark together took the initiative in 2012 to initiate the campaign Sommer Closure which should put focus on the big potential of saving energy and CO2 by closing down the district heating system correctly during the summer. This year we are running the campaign once again.
It is estimated that more than half of the Danish households heated by district heating systems do not close down their district heating system for summer, or do it wrongly. If done correctly, both the heating bill and the CO2 emission can be avoided. That is why we initiate the Summer Closure campaign.
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Sluk for sommerventilen og cirkulationspumpen
For at sommerlukke skal du slukke for cirkulationspumpen til radiatoranlægget og lukke for anlæggets sommerventil. Du kan se, hvor disse er placeret på diagrammet herunder. Du skal dog være opmærksom på, at ikke alle fjernvarmeanlæg er opbygget på samme måde. Hvis du er i tvivl, kan du kontakte dit lokale forsyningsselskab eller VVS’er. De ved det. I forbindelse med kampagnen er det også muligt at ringe til EnergiTjenesten og gratis få svar på spørgsmål omkring lukning af dit fjernvarmeanlæg.
Do you still remember the 10:10 Checklist? It lists things you can do to reduce your carbon foot print. If you have done everything on the list, you must be looking for other actions to further reduce your CO2 emission by 10% this year.
For a small school on the edge of Dartmoor, like Christow Primary, every penny counts. So why become a Solar School and fundraise for solar panels? Well, as one of their governors, Gavin Bloomfield says, "free electricity, a long-term income and reducing our carbon footprint - the question is why isn't everyone else?"
For Christow Primary solar panels are not just a great investment, but also a way to bring their community together to do something amazing. And everyone really has been getting involved, from an alumnus of a local school running their Facebook and Twitter publicity, to environmental group Greener Teign giving lots of their time to help out with the fundraising! Their mission for solar has also won the support of a local councillor, Jerry Brooks, who donated £5000 from his Invest in Devon fund.
For all of this fantastic fundraising we have decided that they deserve their moment to shine as our Solar School of the Week!
You couldn't have picked a better day to go solar. Under an impeccably blue bank holiday sky, Mechteld Blake watched a team of builders bolt the last glinting PV panel to the roof of her son's primary school.
Pendock primary in Worcestershire is among the first of this year's Solar Schools to turn its virtual panels – sponsored by parents, former pupils, local businesses and others from the community – into real ones.
But it's been quite a journey. Here's how Pendock's solar success story unfolded...
10:10 Denmark reached out to the 10:10 global community and sought 10:10 hubs to join the Sommerluk Campaign. According to EuroHeat, countries with about 50% of the citizens who use district heating systems are: