Cambridge Road Estate - Project Cosy

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Introduction

We are excited to launch Project Cosy, an important new project on the Cambridge Road Estate (CRE) and hope residents of CRE will join us as a volunteer household.

Project Cosy aims to measure the environmental cost of heating your home so that we can improve energy efficiency in the new properties when the Estate is rebuilt.

The new homes we’re planning to build should require less energy to keep them warm. Before we can assess this in the new homes, we need to better understand the current heating requirements so that we can compare this data with

Introduction

We are excited to launch Project Cosy, an important new project on the Cambridge Road Estate (CRE) and hope residents of CRE will join us as a volunteer household.

Project Cosy aims to measure the environmental cost of heating your home so that we can improve energy efficiency in the new properties when the Estate is rebuilt.

The new homes we’re planning to build should require less energy to keep them warm. Before we can assess this in the new homes, we need to better understand the current heating requirements so that we can compare this data with the new homes.

Project Cosy will do that through an innovative approach using small monitoring sensors fitted for free in a number of properties across the Estate.


Why is this project important?

The Council declared a Climate Emergency in June 2019. Since then we have been developing our understanding of the challenges of climate change and developing strategies to reduce carbon in Kingston.

We recently launched engagement on our Climate Emergency Draft Action Plan - please do visit the Climate Conversation page for more information on what the Council plans to do to tackle climate change.

What is Project Cosy?

Project Cosy will gather real time information from households about the energy they use to heat their homes. It will also provide information on how effective their homes are in maintaining that heat.

Who can apply to be part of Project Cosy?

We’re looking for a variety of volunteer households across Cambridge Road Estate because different types of homes and different size households will have different energy requirements.

If you’d like to volunteer, please complete the questions in our short survey below.

Unfortunately, there are a small number of homes we cannot include in the project. Homes in Phase 1 of the regeneration - Grantchester, some in Washington Road and Willingham Way, Comberton and Fulbourn - are due to be vacated soon, and therefore we cannot accept homes in these blocks for this project. However, if you are being moved from one of these properties into another on the Estate, we can fit the devices in your temporary home should you wish to be involved.

How will it work?

Each volunteer household will have a small monitor attached to their existing gas and electric meters, which will report the energy use, as kilowatt-hours consumption. Once fitted you will still be able to read the meter if that is required for your current supplier’s billing.

A separate temperature and humidity sensor will also be installed in the living room. This will provide a temperature reading, helping us to understand how quickly the room is heated, and how long it stays at a reasonable temperature once the heating stops.

The monitors:

  • provide the data to the CRE Regeneration Team automatically and wirelessly - you won’t need to provide us with any readings

  • are battery operated and won't cost you anything to run

  • do not use your internet. We’ll be setting up a new wireless network on the estate to connect these devices for this project - the network cannot be accessed by anyone else

  • Only gather information on your energy use and room temperature - they do not have any cameras or recording devices within them

We’ll gather this data for at least a year, to see how much energy is required in the different seasons. We’ll occasionally check with you that you are happy with the monitors and check if there have been any changes to the make-up of your household or changes in your circumstances (because this might have changed the way you need to heat your home if for example you now have an elderly relative living with you).

What will residents gain from this project?

Participating in this project will be a positive step towards tackling climate change, which is affecting all of us now and could have serious consequences for future generations.

You will be contributing vital data which will allow us to finalise plans for the design of homes and the new District Heat Network, which will provide sustainable and environmentally friendly heating and hot water across the Estate.

You will be able to request useful visual information using the data gathered from your own home, to help you understand your current energy consumption patterns and needs.


If you require any of the information above in a more accessible format, please get in touch via phone 0800 304 7633 or email jenny.humphreys@kingston.gov.uk.


  • Please complete our short survey to let us know if you are interested in volunteering to be part of Project Cosy.

    We know that the monitoring questions are very personal and private. 

    We will treat the information in a sensitive and confidential way as required by the Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulation. This information will be kept confidential. 

    Please check all the boxes that apply to you.

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