What we do
South Seeds is involved in a wide variety of different activities all centred around the goals of tackling climate change, promoting energy efficiency and making the local Southside community and beyond a better place.
Energy-efficiency measures for the Southside of Glasgow
Amanda and Yasmin with checklist
At South Seeds we have tried and tested a number of measures and installs which will help you save energy in properties on the Southside of Glasgow.
After an energy audit from South Seeds, we will give you a checklist of actions you can take to reduce energy in your home and we will support you to work through each item.
Along with recommending chimney balloons, radiator panels and LED light blubs we can show you how to tackle more complicated tasks such as:
1. Cheap temporary secondary glazing
Read our Glazing Film ‘How to’ guide
2. Affordable secondary glazing
Read our DIY Secondary Glazing ‘How to’
3. Underfloor insulation for Victorian tenements
Have a look at this film showing you how http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTxRg3BQzMg and dowload our Under Floor PDF
From time to time funding is available for fitting energy-efficiency measures in your home. Contact us to find out which schemes are currently running.
Finally, you can always modify the way you behave in your home to save on your energy bills. Below are top tips from Southsiders who borrowed an electricity monitor for a week and discovered which appliances cost the most in their homes.
The Govanhill Sculpture Project
Local residents were given the opportunity to carve shapes from stone. Six residents with no previous stone-carving experience chipped away for a number of weeks to produce sculptures.
Funded by the Big Lottery, this project has resulted in sculptures which are now dotted around Govanhill. Here’s what one of the participants felt about it:
“I would never have had the confidence to try something like this – I wouldn’t have known where to start – but Lucinda was generous in sharing her skills and knowledge (and goggles), I realise now how just how much I learned in only a few weeks. After about eight weeks it all seemed to come together, and I remember suddenly having the thought: I made that!!
“I love that fact that the pieces we worked on are going to be displayed locally to enhance a public space on the Southside – I’m secretly proud about that! Just working on something that’s going to make a difference to how the neighbourhood looks is a whole new experience for me. And working with other like-minded people and feeling welcomed as part of a team has inspired me to get more involved.”
Climate Challenge Fund
The South Seeds board secured funding from the Climate Challenge Fund for a year’s project in May 2011. This project started carbon reduction activities in the area by enabling residents to grow food and reduce their energy bills. The project created a community garden at Agnew Lane, worked in tenement backcourts to create composting and raised beds and provided up to the minute energy advice so that residents could access loft insulation, borrow energy monitors or tackle problems with their energy provider.
From engaging directly with residents and working with community groups and agencies across the area, South Seeds devised a plan to deliver further carbon reduction activities to the area. Funding from the Climate Challenge Fund was awarded in June 2012 for two years see here.
South Seeds is putting together the team who will deliver this project.
Our Energy Snapshot Report
Our Energy Snapshot Report is our review of the area, providing for the first time a detailed analysis of what measures and actions, on a street-by-street basis, are best suited to helping people manage their energy use. This research is backed up by thermal images of properties throughout the local areas, which will help us to identify the main sources of heat loss in different types of local building. We’ve also looked at tenure and building condition as well as mapping out areas where we can work with people to improve local greenspaces and support local food growing. Read here Energy Snapshot Report