Project information

Promoting Energy Efficiency

There are many ways that people at a grassroots level can learn how to save electricity by using it more efficiently and turning things off. This project offers a practical way to reduce carbon emissions and create a sustainable planet while saving people money in fuel bills.

January 2015 - May 2015

Charity information: Third Sector Renewables

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  • Need


    The inter-governmental and research establishment discussions about future energy needs and the impact of carbon based fuels on the environment is often inaccessible to individuals and local communities. Local people and families struggle to understand the discussions and their relevance at a day to day level and feel disempowered to make educated choices and take action.


    This project will use practical and fun experiences including the use of bicycle generators to make learning about electricity generation fun. Adults and children will learn first hand that energy needs to be expended in order to generate electricity. Participants will learn that 'energy vampires' in the home need to be unplugged in order to stop them using up electricity. One one hand there will be cost savings through lower bills - on the other, the planet will become more sustainable.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help people become more energy efficient in the homes.


    » Teach people what needs to be unplugged in the home to save electricity and what the cost saving will be.

    People will be asked to sign up to an online tool to monitor their energy reduction targets and cost savings.

    Aim 2

    To engage the public in the discussion about energy consumption and the planets' sustainability.


    » Bicycle generators will engage people in fun, active learning and meanwhile volunteers will present educational information and advice.

    The number of people who participate on the bicycle generators. The number of people who agree to set energy reduction targets.

  • Impact


    We hope that more local people will take sustained action to conserve more electricity at home, consider using energy providers who are environmentally conscious and perhaps consider ways to generate energy at home using renewable sun, wind or even wave sources. These long term changes are difficult to measure directly although every incremental step will contribute to meeting national and international targets set by the political and scientific community.


    After assessing any potential risks the trustees cannot find any in regard to this project that require additional controls to be put in place. There will always be two members of staff plus other volunteers in place to assist at events and all equipment is checked for health and safety prior to use.


    Donors will be directed towards our regularly updated website and will receive a copy of the Trustees Annual Report that is published after our Annual General Meeting in July each year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 Marketing branding, promotion, banners, fliers, website updates
      £20,000 Community Events equipment and resources, sessional staff, volunteer expenses, hiring costs, storage
      £12,000 Project Administration coordination, administration, reporting, stationary supplies and accessories

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Pop Up Events £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The project will initially take place in Hackney, Camden and Tower Hamlets in London and depending on levels of funding available will extend outwards within London and to other cities in the UK.


    local population - some 200 people per event directly
    online impact through our website, online community via facebook and twitter
    global impact - small but still significant..

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Third Sector Renewables was established several years ago by Dr Ian Williamson who is a scientist at the forefront of solar technology developments and other colleagues. The decision to establish a registered charity dedicated to making current discussions around renewable energy accessible was altruistic. An Awards for All funded project helped galvanise ideas and was a forerunner of this proposed project. This pilot allows a tried and tested approach to be ramped up in scale and impact.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Ian Williamson

    Dr Williamson provides the technical and scientific background and know-how to the project.

    Mem Mehmet

    Mem is a professional events manager and games champion who excels at engaging with people and presenting information in a fun, experiential way.

solar, wind & waves = energy!

solar, wind & waves = energy!

Without the involvement of local people as well as governments and industry climate change targets cannot be met.

Dr Ian Williamson