If you sometimes wonder where to start with tackling your own greenhouse gas emissions, WinACC Trustee Bob Whitmarsh has just published a book to help you. 

Gayzer Frackman, from Fylde in Lancashire, plans to challenge the Government's upcoming decision re allowing fracking in Blackpool, on climate change and human rights grounds.

The case, if successful, will stop fracking in Blackpool and help to stop fracking elsewhere in the UK.

Inspired by WinACC's open meeting in February, one of our members wrote this list of "Seventeen Small Things You Can Do To Make A Big Change" from his own experience.

Our August open meeting was an informal chance to share stories about what we've all been doing and celebrate our successes.

Several WinACC supporters told their stories of reducing their use of fossil fuels at home.

Ewan Simmonds shared his gas and electricity use data over 10 years.

At WinACC's open meeting on 2 August 2014, Ewan Simmonds shared his data on gas and electricty consumption over the years, showing the impact of installing solar water heating, solar PV and a new boiler. Here is a pdf of his data.

The then DECC Minister Greg Barker and local MP Steve Brine came to hear about Cool Communities from people who've been piloting this exciting new programme for WinACC in June 2014.

What's it like to get solid wall insulation put on the outside of your house? Disruptive or well worth it? Mike from Bristol shares his experiences.

Local politicians from all three major political parties backed Open GreenHouse: local climate change campaigners opening their homes on Sunday 10 July to show neighbours how to cut energy use.

WinACC members Rob & Sue Veck aimed to reduce the emissions of their house by 80%. The Sustainable Energy Academy has estimated that they've hit 79%, leaving the family to find 1% more in 40 years to achieve the Kyoto target.

On Sunday 10 October 2010, Open GreenHouse beat its previous record, with up to 250 visits to 17 homes across Winchester district.



It has never been so important to change our habits to reduce our carbon footprints. How can we go about creating such a change?

Andy Smale, WinACC's Home Energy Advisor, recently visited Sarah Jones, a local social housing tenant, at the request of the landlord.  She lives in a house in the countryside which is not close to mains gas, and so she relies on expensive electric heating. 

People often ask us here at WinACC to put them in touch with other people who have already installed something such as solar power, stoves, biomass boilers or heat pumps. They want to talk to someone that has been there, done that. We try to help but we don't know what you all have. 

  • an example of creating an eco-home with photos
  • what WinACC members Phil and Chris have done to an early twentieth century brick house in Fulflood.

Located in rural Cheshire, Ashton Hayes is a well knit community of about 1000 people that is aiming to become England's first carbon neutral community. They started their journey in January 2006 and since then they have cut their carbon dioxide emissions by 23%. Their website gives you a flavour. 


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WinACC Home Energy Advice Service can help you save money, save energy and stay warm. These pages offer practical help and also ways frontline workers can help vulnerable people.
Can't find what you need on this website?
Winchester City Council and housing association tenants: ring 01962 217844, text 07731 960320 or email Home-owners and private tenants: ring Hitting the Cold Spots on 0800 804 8601 or email

Other people's experiences

This ebook is a timely and practical response to the greatest challenge of our times – climate change.

Greening Fulflood produced these useful documents full of practical advice after organising a successful Open Green House event.

In 2011/2012, Greening Fulflood ran an Energy reduction study in the Poets estate with a view to encouraging energy saving. A copy of the methodology used may be useful for other groups planning a similar study

Examples of great sustainable community projects happening across the North East of England.

A review of how the Poets Estate energy reduction study was carried out

How Greening Fulflood ran their Open GreenHouse event in November 2012

The former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, Sir David King, has said of the new book by Professor David Mackay ‘Sustainable Energy – without the hot air’ that it ‘sets out with enormous clarity and objectivity the various alternative low carbon pathways that are open to us’. 

Lots of material on low carbon faming including case studies and films on the  Soil Association website

We live in an oil-dependent world, and have got to this level of dependency in a very short space of time, using vast reserves of oil in the process without planning for when the supply is not so plentiful.