Restart Radio: The Challenges of Winter

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It’s our last radio show of the year, and the weather is getting colder. This week we take a look at Norwegian repair culture, before turning back to the UK, where the growing fuel poverty problem needs some serious attention.

After writing her masters thesis on the Restart Project, Kaja Ahnfelt started running “Fiksefest” – Restart Party in Norwegian –  in Oslo. This new branch of the movement is part of a growing wave of environmental initiatives in Oslo, including clothes swapping parties and other local efforts. But it’s also part of a rapidly emerging maker culture. We talk to Kaja about how these two agendas can be merged.

We are also joined in the studio by Dave Lukes, a longtime Restart volunteer and IT team leader. We take a look at the recent hype around ‘smart meters’. Dave explains that their impact on helping save energy is minimal: the main problem is home insulation.

With badly insulated homes that are expensive to heat, the UK has been labelled the ‘Cold Man of Europe’. Fuel poverty in the UK is increasing, and now effects an estimated 2.38 million households. The Ken Loach film ‘I, Daniel Blake’ recently drew attention to some of these issues; but at this rate, the problem could still take eighty years or more to solve.

Luckily, there are some solutions with promise. Oldham council’s Warm Homes Scheme has helped insulate many homes in the area, alleviating many of the mental and physical health problems that come from living in a fuel poor home.

Dave also lets us in on some cheap ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home: find out how to make your own draught excluder, and why a full freezer is better than an empty one.

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[Feature Image by Flickr user Climate Justice Collective]

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2 responses to “Restart Radio: The Challenges of Winter”

  1. DianaW says:

    I’d really like to know the contents of some of these broadcasts but the sound-only format makes this difficult. It takes forever to download without a fancy (and hugely expensive) wi-fi connection that, like many, I can’t afford and two of the three supposed subscription options link only to scads of text. It’s always faster to read than to listen and a written version can be searched and scanned, making it much more useful. Is there any scope for having these transcribed (like at least some of the TEDx talks), to make them much more user-friendly?

    • janetgunter says:

      Hi Diana, We are looking into that for 2017. Our radio production team – in fact our whole organisation – is quite small, so we are looking into automated solutions. Thanks for the encouragement, good to know there would be a readership!

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