Retrofit Southampton

Neighbours helping neighbours

A site for residents of Southampton to connect, discuss and share their energy saving retrofit experiences, whether with fitters, installers, suppliers or DIY.

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. If you are new to the site please look at the overview


Renewable energy for older houses

We aim to help by providing a platform so that residents can advise each other on:

  • Installing modern energy and heat generation in your property,  e.g. solar panel, heat pumps etc.
  • Increasing the efficiency of your property to minimise wasting energy and heat, e.g. insulation, double glazing and draft exclusion.

We will provide people with advice on monitoring their energy use before and after a retrofit to clearly demonstrate the differences.

Case Studies

Share your retrofit experience

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


What makes us unique?

  • We aren’t just another energy saving site. Our primary aim is community oriented. We aim to put residents of Southampton in touch with each other so they can discuss and share their experiences, whether with fitters, installers or DIY.
  • We aim to be able to lend monitoring equipment and thermal imaging cameras to help residents assess their energy use and saving.

What else do we do?

  • We can provide impartial information on how to adapt your house to make efficient use of energy from renewable, green and sustainable sources.
  • 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.
  • Provide all this information and insight free of charge.

What we don’t do:

We are not a company aiming to sell you anything. Although a big part of the site is based around local residents talking about their experiences with installers, DIY, equipment, materials etc,  it is not a review site.

This means we neither have recommendations of local installers/contractors nor do we want naming and shaming of perceived bad work. As we do allow personal feedback here, it would be very easy for the site to be abused by contractors etc. in the same way that Amazon reviews have been abused in the past.

Case Studies



Front door Front door secondary glazing and insulation (DIY) The house is a 1920s detached house, originally with timber framed windows. These were replaced in the mid 90s with… ... Read more
Midea 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
Cavity Insulation 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
Red Heat Pump RED Heat Pump We'd heard only recently about heat pumps but became interested when a resident nearby had one installed under the RHI… ... Read more

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