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EcoHome Lab

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Eco Home Lab

Eco Home Lab

Title: EcoHome Lab
Location: MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
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Date: 26-09-2013
Start Time: 17:00
End Time: 20:30

A monthly hangout for people taking control of their home energy usage and generation. We use open-source hardware and software to enable better understand our homes and how they work, making best use of the energy we generate and reducing the energy we waste.


We’ll be some reporting back on which gas meter sensors have worked and building some more and working on DIY SAP modelling of our own houses.


Each month we’ll expand on our understanding and starting to integrate the monitors in to different areas of Carbon Co-op’s development.

Topics will include:
- Yaye, more sensors! – air quality, ventilation flows, dew point
- User interfaces – your smart home on your smart phone
- Integrating Open Data sources
- Taking the power back! – Making better use of the surplus power we generate
- Zoning and home automation: “Monitors have only interpreted the home in various ways, the point is to change it.”


- Anyone using OpenEnergyMonitor kit: come and get help making it work better for you or share your knowledge and shiny dashboard goodness.
- Anyone with skills in physical electronics, web development, interface design or programming who wants to use that knowledge to avert this whole climate apocalypse thing.
- Anyone! There will be open space for small groups to focus on adding new sensors or hacking the user interface, there will always be a ‘newbies’ group for people interested in finding out more.

Come join the energy geek revolution.

EcoHome Lab – launch and build workshop report

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

EcoHome Lab launched this weekend (19th/20th April 2013) with two fascinating and involving events taking place at MadLab in Manchester. These sessions were part of Carbon Co-op‘s new project to assist householders in taking greater control of their homes through use of open source tools.

The weekend started on Friday evening with Matt Fawcett of Carbon Co-op and Trystan Lea of OpenEnergyMonitors running an introductory workshop on the use of the Arduino platform – a really simple programming environment that enables participants to control bits of technology and kit such as the OpenEnergyMonitors.

This session was followed by a short launch to the project with presentations from Matt and Trystan on the potential of open source technologies and OpenEnergyMontiors in particular, and from Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op and Eleni Kalkantzi of URBED Co-op, on the potential for these tools to empower householders and provide new methodologies for household energy and retrofit assessment.


Carbon Co-op: Open Source Energy Monitor build day

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Carbon Co-op Community

Title: Carbon Co-op: Open Source Energy Monitor build day
Description: Carbon Co-op have been working with, to produce innovative, modular, home environment monitors using open source hardware and software. Now we need people to help us build them.
Date: 13-12-2012
Start Time: 12:00
End Time: 18:00
Booking: Free, but please register here




Carbon Co-op have been working with, to produce innovative, modular, home environment monitors using open source hardware and software. Now we need people to help us build them.

Unlike conventional energy monitors, the kit is flexible, modular and totally open source. They use a
variety of sensors ranging from electricity to heat, humidity and even CO2 levels and utilise
opensource Arduino compatible hardware, interfaced with the a Raspberry Pi to present householders with a dashboard for understanding their home.

We’re piloting them in 20 homes around Manchester as part of our retrofit programme and we need
help assembling them. Soldering skills would be appreciated but are not essential. If you’ve got your
own soldering station/iron, please do bring it with you.

What you’ll get:
- Supervised assembly of arduino boards
- Get your hands on a ‘Raspi’ board.
- Free pizza!
- A chance to pick up new skills and meet people
- A chance to help innovate new, human scale and appropriate technology for our household energy revolution

The free session will be drop-in so don’t feel you have to come for the whole thing, but those that do will get the chance to do each step of the process of building and testing a monitor.
…and from 6pm we’ll be hosting the Carbon Co-op Christmas Social at Common Bar across the road
on Edge Street.

Carbon Co-Op

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

In December the Carbon Co-op (http// ran a series of workshops at MadLab entitled Community Renewables Finance School.

The workshops focused on providing specialist technical, legal and financial support for people and groups looking to instigate low carbon projects in their communities. (more…)

Community Renewables Finance School : Installation and maintenance

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Carbon Co-op Community Renewables Finance School

Title: Community Renewables Finance School : Installation and maintenance
Location: MadLab
Description: This winter, Carbon Co-op and Carbon Leapfrog are running a series of masterclass sessions, practical, how-to guides for people interested in low carbon projects that will transform their communities and their environment.
Each session features advice from a panel of professional experts form the North West and the City of London. The emphasis of the programme is on sharing knowledge and experience and on practical solutions.
Start Time: 10:30
Date: 2010-12-08
End Time: 16:00

Do you dream of a small scale hydro project or wind turbine where you live, but don’t know where to start? Is your community building crying out for a biomass boiler or a set of solar panels? Have you heard about feed in tariffs, heat incentives and paybacks and wondered whether your voluntary organisation could benefit?

Installation and maintenance

Practical advice on low carbon technologies. Running and sustaining a project long term. Featuring a series of case studies/pitfalls/monitoring.

How to book

Places are free but limited and demand is high.
To book a place email or call 0161 408 6492. You can book on one or all sessions. Lunch is provided.

To confirm your place we require a returnable cheque for £40 dated after 8th December 2010 and made out to Carbon Co-op as a deposit. When you attend the workshop the cheque will be returned to you.


A limited number of travel bursaries are available to subsidise travel from outside the Greater Manchester region. Contact us for more information.

More information and the latest information on experts:

Carbon Co-op:
Carbon Leapfrog: