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Volunteers make Changeworks

Welcome to June, and welcome to Volunteers' Week! Volunteers' Week runs every year from 1-7 June and celebrates all the millions of volunteers across the UK. Run by NCVO and Volunteer Scotland, the week aims to showcase volunteering opportunities,...

2 Jun 2017 Lynne Sneddon Waste, Energy and fuel poverty

The importance of case studies in social research

Like children in a sweetshop, researchers are often spoilt for choice when it comes to determining which tools to use to address a research question. This includes an array of quantitative and qualitative research tools, ranging from desk-based...

23 May 2017 Lynne Sneddon Energy and fuel poverty

A day in the life of a Changeworks Affordable Warmth Advisor

Changeworks Affordable Warmth Advisors provide specialist help and support to householders in or at risk of fuel poverty, in the South East of Scotland and the Highlands. They do this through referrals from service providers, eg local housing...

16 May 2017 Lynne Sneddon Energy and fuel poverty

The not so distant future of domestic electricity

For a good few millennia we chopped down trees and relied on solar power to give us energy, light and heat in our homes – nice and simple. The 1880s saw us harness electrical power and by the 1930s we had a centralised network of power stations....

9 May 2017 Lynne Sneddon Energy and fuel poverty

Quality assurance vital for energy efficiency schemes

Changeworks’ Programme Management team works with local authorities and housing associations to deliver large scale energy efficiency programmes to improve the energy efficiency of homes, reduce carbon and alleviate fuel poverty. We work ...

6 Apr 2017 Lynne Sneddon Energy and fuel poverty

Optimising affordability and comfort for tenants when installing energy efficiency improvements

Even though much has been done with regards to improving the energy efficiency of homes, energy prices are still rising and 34% of households across Scotland are still in fuel poverty1 according to new statistics from Energy Action...

28 Mar 2017 Lynne Sneddon Energy and fuel poverty

The need and tools to integrate behaviour science into sustainability work

In the context of Scotland’s recently announced commitments to reducing emissions and the uncertainty surrounding environmental legislation and enforcement post-Brexit, the need for organisations to deliver robust, effective interventions for...

9 Mar 2017 Lynne Sneddon Waste, Energy and fuel poverty, Carbon reduction, Corporate

Re-energise your home with renewables

Older homes can be charming and I love nothing more than to spot some of the amazing properties we have in Scotland, admiring the architecture and even imagining what it would be like to live in them, whether that is a country cottage with a rustic...

7 Mar 2017 Lynne Sneddon Energy and fuel poverty

30 actions for a greener life

What is it?Tips can be handy. Taking action is even better!Our new Greener Lifestyles campaign is about inspiring us all to cut our carbon footprint – and seeing the real difference it makes to our lives.From setting the time the heating comes on to...

14 Feb 2017 Jo Mattinson Energy and fuel poverty, Carbon reduction, Corporate

Householders get canny in the kitchen and save £424 a year

We recently hosted a Christmas party to celebrate our Changeworks’ volunteers with a meal served by the Edinburgh Real Junk Food Project. I remain impressed that they can source and create such a delicious meal (including mushroom stroganoff and...

20 Dec 2016 Lynne Sneddon Waste

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