Neighbours helping neighbours

A unique platform for residents of Southampton to connect with each other, discuss and share their energy saving retrofit experiences...How will we do this?
  • Residents will be able to connect in person, by phone or email. They can discuss and learn from each other rather than purely from retailers or installers who may not be impartial.
  • We do this by providing an online platform with a database of residents: those who are able to share their experiences and those who have questions to ask about fitters, installers, suppliers or DIY.
  • We have case studies of real projects undertaken by residents.
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Impartial advice and guidance to residents on how they can make their older properties more energy efficient....How?

  • Our team of volunteers can provide information on how to adapt your house to be energy efficient and to make use of energy from renewable, green and sustainable sources.
  • Residents can contact us directly and get advice on their specific needs and situation.
  • In some cases we can offer informal consultations and home surveys. We aim to be able to lend monitoring equipment and thermal imaging cameras to help residents assess their energy use and saving.

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Raising awareness of energy crisis issues and their effect on us in Southampton....How?

  • We will do this by organising workshops and lectures.
  • Learn how you can not only help the environment and the future of the planet in these critical times, but also how to save money and make your home comfortable.

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We aim to show how you can not only help the environment and the future of the planet in these critical times, but also how to save money and make your home comfortable and, in some cases, more valuable.

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Retrofit for older houses

Older houses present some very specific problems when attempting energy efficient retrofitting as they weren’t originally designed for modern materials & techniques. For example, see Breathable Houses.
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Workshops at October Books

Share your retrofit experience…Read more…

One of the main aims of the site is to allow local residents to help each other by sharing experiences of energy or renewable energy generation work they have had carried out. All experiences welcome from major solar installations to DIY hints and tips. If you would like to contribute a case study please contact us. The kind of thing we are looking for might answer various questions:

  • What were your reasons for the retrofit?
  • Were you aware of all the costs and what you might gain in terms of financial savings or carbon reduction?
  • If it was DIY, how easy was it. What tools and materials did you use? Did you follow any websites/videos or other resources for advice?
  • If you had works carried out by installers/builders what advice can you give others about the experience? (Please note that currently we are not using the site too review or recommend local tradespeople so we’d prefer to keep names anonymous)
  • Did monitor and/or record any improvements or changes and have you reached any conclusions?
  • Anything else you have learned that might be useful to pass on?

This can be in an “article” format on a word processor or email, ideally with images or else we are happy to do an interview and create/edit an article on your behalf.

Alternatively for very brief retrofit experiences or discussions please feel free to register and join our community forum.

We are happy to put people in touch with each other privately, but are very aware of privacy issues so no personal details will be publicly available. The case studies are a series of mini-articles which will allow people to comment and ask questions, alternatively if you are happy being contacted directly for a chat, demo or just a phone call we can facilitate in safely putting people together. Contact

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Retrofit Case Studies

Martin Benning heat pump Heat Pump in Highfield Experience of installing a heat pump Section 1 – how our journey started Over the last few years, we have… ... Read more
Flat roof and pitched roof solar Solar PV on flat and pitched roofs A solar panel system along with large battery storage to take advantage of ASHP, EV charging, Octopus cheap night tariff.… ... Read more
Loft hatch insulation Simple Loft Hatch Insulation We know that a huge part of a home's heat is lost through the roof so loft insulation is one… ... Read more
front door DIY front door secondary glazing/ insulation The house is a 1920s detached house, originally with timber framed windows. These were replaced in the mid 90s with… ... Read more
Midea heat pump Leigh Rd Heatpump Install Background The house is approximately 18 years old, and previously had a standard gas boiler for heating and hot water.… ... Read more
Lounge Secondary Glazing In Collins Houses Here are the details of the materials and suppliers we used last year when installing secondary glazing in our home.… ... Read more
Solar thermal Thermal solar panels (hot water) Thermal panels are different to PV in that instead of converting the sun's energy into electricity, it converts it solely… ... Read more
Floortiles Damp solid floor Typically in larger Victorian and early 20th century properties there was a room at the back of the house called… ... Read more
Exposed cavity Cavity wall damp problems While we had floorboards lifted to carry out the underfloor insulation, we noticed that where the joists met the outside… ... Read more
floorboards DIY underfloor insulation Our house is  a 1924 detached property with suspended floors and cavity walls. The walls were retrofitted (badly) with insulation… ... Read more

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