Northfield Ecocentre is offering South Birmingham residents the chance to win a home energy makeover worth £7,000, saving the winner up to £750 a year on their energy bills.


The prize includes an assessment of the property, from which recommendations may include a new energy-efficient boiler or insulation measures such as solid-wall insulation. Renovation work will then be carried out by the Energy Saving Co-op, completely free of charge.  To enter, a quick questionnaire about your home and energy usage must be completed, available online at The deadline for entries is 15th March, so fill yours in soon.

The competition is part of the Ecocentre’s new push to improve the energy efficiency of homes in South Birmingham. The centre offers impartial advice to the local community on how to make their homes more energy efficient, thereby saving money on their energy bills and reducing their carbon emissions.

Birmingham Friends of the Earth were at the Ecocentre last week to speak to local MP Richard Burden about our Final Demand campaign and have always been supportive of the work they do to offer advice and courses on green living to local residents.

If you are interested to see the kind of work that can be carried out to improve the energy efficiency of your home – and the work that could be done to the winner’s house – book a place on one of two demonstration events the Ecocentre is holding.

On Thursday 8th March, from 12.00-2pm, Cotteridge Quaker Meeting House will be offering tours of their renovated building, demonstrating how an old, ‘hard to treat’ building can be improved to reduce energy use and save money. This event is open to all; tea and cake will be provided.

On Tuesday 13th March, from 7pm-9pm, Chris and Harriet Martin will be welcoming visitors into their ‘Old Home, Super Home’ to exhibit the type of work that can be done to make an old house more energy efficient. Measures installed in this Bournville ‘superhome’ include solar hot water, solar PV, smokeless wood-burning stove, floor and loft insulation, and a condensing gas boiler. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided. There will be two 1.5-hour tours of the house, starting at 7pm and 7.30pm. Places are limited – booking is essential.

To book on either of these events, email Georgia Stokes at