Earlier this year, Greener Leith helped to put together a project called Some Like It Too Hot, in partnership with Out of the Blue, Scottish and Southern Energy, Port of Leith Housing Assocation and Changeworks.
We decided that we’d try a slightly different approach to domestic energy efficiency, by holding an exhibition of local residents homes, where the residents had volunteered to tell their energy story. The exhibition took place for two weeks in Out of the Blue.
We’ve just completed our grant report for the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership and thought we ought to share some key facts and figures. We’d especially like to thank the volunteers who gave up so much of their time, particularly if you were one of the people who bravely shared your energy story with the world. The folk involved at Out of the Blue also deserve special credit for all the work they put into preparing the exhibition. So, the project in numbers goes like this:
- 268 people visited the exhibition.
- 24 people were referred to the Energy Savings Trust for further advice.
- 35 people were referred to the CSV Home Energy advice service.
- 150 volunteer hours by 10 volunteers were supported by the project, taking photos and running the exhibition.
- 202 people have listened to the three on-line ‘audio’ energy stories, like this one.
- 422 people have viewed the thermal images on-line.
A very conservative estimate of the impact this project would suggest that has generated combined annual savings for Leithers of:
- £3422 (from domestic energy bills)
- 29146 kgs CO2 (climate changing pollution saving produced by using less energy)
- 116,289 KWh (domestic gas or electricity).
Below, there is also a selection of comments that we received in the visitors book:
- “Great exhibition and I think it is time to take efficient action against global warming”
- “What a great exhibition. Information very clearly conveyed. Let’s hope that Leithers will act on it.”
- “Informative, clear and accessible exhibition.”
- “Interesting and thought provoking exhibition. Very clearly produced – looks great!”
- Great exhibition. Really brings home how doing little things can help the bigger picture. Love the sculpture too.”
- “The human face of energy efficiency! Grand – it’s needed to make it less dull. Continue with the stories.”
- “Liked the idea and the messages behind it all. Hope people learn from it. Thanks for the lightbulb!”
If you’d like more information about this project, please don’t hestitate to contact us.