TTK Energy Group
The TTK Energy Group aims to build awareness of peak oil and climate change and to mobilise a community-led process towards resilience.
We are building a network of people who share ideas and engage stakeholders to reduce carbon emissions and encourage energy efficiency in our community. The Energy Group’s activities and outreach are oriented towards: home energy efficiency; decentralised energy solutions; education and community awareness raising; making links with local businesses, Kingston University and other Transition initiatives.
Our current activities include working with SWLEN’s Smart Communities and giving advice to householders, mainly about energy-efficiency. Members are also trialling OpenTRV, a sophisticated radiator valve that promises large energy savings, invented by Damon of the Energy Group. In 2014 Kingston Council awarded TTK Energy Group a grant of £1000 to buy a thermal imaging camera, which enables us to show homes and businesses exactly where they are losing heat, and then advise them how to fix the leaks.
We hold regular working meetings and occasional talks and open meetings – see Events for details. Anyone interested in furthering TTK’s energy projects and initiatives is welcome to get involved – just contact us. Past activities, the most recent at the end of the list, have included:
- “Kingston in 2050 – A Green Energy Future?”, a day conference organised with Kingston Council on aspirations for a greener more resilient Kingston.
- In July 2010, TTK Energy Group organised an exhibition about electric vehicles – watch the video here.
- In February 2012 members of TTK hosted a thermal imaging party with Kingston University’s Smart Communities project and John Gallop and Sue Williams of South West London Environment Network. Participants lived in four very different houses in Kingston, and the analysis and lessons learned at the party after the images had been taken were fascinating – more, with pictures, here.
- A Green Open House weekend in 2012 during Kingston’s Paint the Town.
- A talk in December 2012 by experts from greentomatoenergy on “Energy efficiency: whole house strategies”.
- In 2013 members of TTK Energy Group opened their energy-efficient houses to the public and hosted a second thermal imaging party.
- In the winter of 2014-15 the Energy Group hosted and organised several more thermal imaging parties and individual thermal imaging around Kingston.
- In February 2015, TTK organised a discussion: “Our energy future – is energy policy fit for purpose? and…
- In November 2015 a follow-up discussion “We need to talk about nuclear…” – a report of the discussion and some background reading can be seen here.
- In February 2016 the Energy Group ran 3 workshops at Kingston Environment Centre on “Keeping cosy and other energy-saving tips” – see the notes here.
- Members of the Energy Group open up their houses in the Superhomes scheme.
- Other energy events organised or co-organised by TTK can be seen in Past Events.
Kingston Community Energy
Kingston Community Energy was TTK Energy Group’s community interest company, formed to enable us to raise funds and take on projects such as installing solar PV arrays on the roofs of community buildings such as schools. It offered the community an opportunity to make a social investment in our area and receive a moderate financial reward for that investment. However, the government’s reduction in the Feed-In Tariff in effect destroyed KCE’s business model which relied on the FIT, and local schools proved remarkably reluctant to engage on what seemed to the EG a win-win deal. So in 2016 they began the process of winding up Kingston Community Energy, as the administration costs in keeping it registered could no longer be justified.
What you can do:
- Contact us if you’d like advice on how to make your property a bit more energy efficient. Some of our members are knowledgeable and are happy to share their experience with you. They don’t claim to be experts, but they may know more than you do, including some of the pitfalls to avoid.
- Now that some of us have had solar panels and/or heat pumps for a few years, we may be running into maintenance and repair issues – in the first instance our advice is to contact your original installer or the manufacturer of your equipment, who are likely to have a list of accredited specialist tradespeople, including some local ones.