Devon Community Energy groups have run 250 events to share knowledge on energy efficiency, attended by more than 2000 people

Devon Community Energy Impact Report 2018

September 2015

Woody Energy Crops for Small-Scale District Heating – 28th September

This free workshop focused on the use of woody energy crops grown in short rotation plantations to provide fuel for heating whole villages. The day featured presentations on growing short rotation coppice and short rotation forestry, plus examples of best practice. There was also a chance to see Dartington’s short rotation forestry plantations. For further details, and have a look at Crops4Energy.


October 2015

Transition Totnes Eco-Homes Weekend – 3rd and 4th October

People visited homes and gardens in Totnes, Dartington and the surrounding areas at different stages on the journey to reducing environmental impact and household bills. The programme gives details of the 18 homes and projects, including several renewable energy installations – the South Brent wind turbine, the Totnes Weir hydro scheme and the new field solar and biomass boiler at Dartington Trust – open over the weekend.

Transition Totnes Eco-Homes Fair – 10th October

The eco-homes fair will take place in the Totnes Civic Hall from 10am to 3pm.  It is a great chance to meet local renewable energy installers, eco-builders and architects. Entry is free and there will be a café and children’s activities. Details of the talks currently being scheduled in the downstairs café space will be available on the TTT website


March 2015

Wood Fuel From Hedges – 14th March

This was an opportunity to learn about local use of wood fuel, managing hedges for fuel, food, farming and wildlife. Farmers, landowners and people with wood-burners working together.

This was a free event organised by the South Devon Coastal Renewable Energy Network. Flyer available here.


September 2014

South Brent Wood Fair – 13th September 2014

Sustainable South Brent held the first ever South Brent Wood Fair, at the Village Hall, on Saturday 13th September 2014. This was a FREE family friendly event including over 30 stalls, activities and events, with lots to see and do, plus delicious food and a bar.

The Wood Fair was organised by South Brent Steepers, a group of volunteer hedgelayers who were born out of the Woodfuel from Hedgerows initiative led by Dartmoor Circle.
Devon Hedge Group,  alongside Sustainable South Brent, provided interactive stalls packed with information about wood fuel and about energy use, with quizzes to test your knowledge and  raise awareness. Everything to do with woodfuel was explored, from chunking to chimneys, from stoves to seasoned fuel.

Dartmoor National Park, Devon Wildlife Trust and Orchard Link also had stalls and there was a spectacular pole lathe turner and a fascinating charcoal burner. There were opportunities to try your hand at willow sculpture, basketry, felt-making and spoon carving. There were special activities for children, plus a chance to go foraging for wild food as well enjoy the amazing array of delicious treats provided by the local team Two Good Cooks. The bar was supplied by the team from The Oak, South Brent’s popular pub.

The Woodland Trust will be giving a guided tour of Penstave Copse with their new manager and woodland expert, Paul Allen.

Entertainment on the day included Organic Poetry from Jackie Juno (The Bard of Exeter), Earthwalks with the Wandering Minstrel, performance from Rooh Star and music from Half the HOt House Band and Mick Bramich, plus storytelling with the enigmatic Crow Show. To top it off visitors enjoyed a relaxing foot massage with Meaningful Soles.

Tavistock Open Homes – 13th and 14th September

Seventeen householders across the area opened their doors on Saturday and Sunday 13th and 14th September 2020 to share with you how they are conserving energy or generating it from a renewable source.

You can download the programme here.

Information on the Individual homes can be found here.

Tavistock Eco Fair – Saturday 20th September

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This was a chance to meet exhibitors specialising in energy conservation, renewable energy, woodfuel, planning, grants, electric vehicles and more at Tavistock College. There were practical energy saving talks, things for children to do and light refreshments available. It was also a chance to support Tavistock College’s Solar Schools Campaign. We were treated to a performance by Matt Harvey, poet in residence at RegenSW. A list of the exhibitors, talks and workshops can be found here. Any questions please email info@transitiontavistock.org.uk or call 07969-569-444.

Totnes Open Eco-Homes – Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st September

For the 6th year running Transition Town Totnes held an Open Eco-Homes Weekend, featuring homes, buildings and gardens that have taken steps to reduce their environmental impact and household bills. The event involved 18 exciting homes, buildings or sites. Some opened again by popular demand, including The Cob House , a passivhaus refurbishment, a straw bale house, a house made from an old cider barrel and the Landmatters Permaculture Project. There were also several properties that have not previously taken part, including an excellent example of draught-busting an old building, a 1970s bungalow refurbishment and two newly built homes. It was a great opportunity to find out from the householders and/or builders about challenges, successes and failures and about different materials and technologies, including natural building materials, eco-toilets, biomass boilers , heat pumps , solar energy and electric car charging. Find the programme online at the TTT website.


May 2014

Horrabridge DIY and Low Cost Improvements Workshop – 1st May

This was a  free workshop, as part of a series of ongoing events, from Transition Tavistock at Horrabridge Village Hall (map) from 7pm – 9.30pm covering:

  • Introduction to retrofitting properties, Green Deal and ECO
  • Draught busting made simple
  • Low energy lighting options
  • DIY secondary glazing
  • Ins and outs of loft insulation
  • DIY hot water cylinder and pipe lagging

Horrabridge – Getting to Grips with Energy Costs Workshop – 3rd May

 free workshop, as part of a series of ongoing events, from Transition Tavistock at Horrabridge School (map) from 10.30am – 1pm covering:

  • Reading your meter and noting usage
  • Energy bills made easy, and energy switching
  • Managing heating systems and controls
  • Energy saving opportunities including no cost and low cost options
  • Understanding and controlling damp
  • Quick intro to retrofit and grant options

Bovey Tracey, Old House Eco Course – 10th May

With rising energy bills and the wish to cut carbon emissions high on many people’s personal agenda, the need for sustainable, energy efficient buildings is increasingly urgent. The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings presented a unique one day course on how to make your home – whether it is medieval and timber-framed, Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian, detached or terrace – energy efficient and low carbon without devaluing the future sustainability or character of the building.

Okehampton College Exhibition – 10th May

Visitors came along to the Museum of Dartmoor Life to see this exciting, interesting and FREE exhibition; they learnt about the achievements of their local college, their international acclaim and also how they might be able to follow in their footsteps and save money!

All donations received on Saturday went to helping the museum become more energy efficient by purchasing LED spotlight bulbs to replace the current energy hungry bulbs.  Currently each light uses 50W and could be replaced by a 5W LED light saving 90% of the running cost.  There are hundreds of these to replace in the museum.

Horrabridge: How to do your free home energy assessment workshop – 13th May

 free workshop, as part of a series of ongoing events, from Transition Tavistock at Horrabridge Village Hall (map) from 7pm – 9.30pm covering:

  • What’s the home energy assessment for?
  • How will the information be used?
  • How to do your assessment
  • Understanding your assessment report
  • Complete your home energy assessment with help if required (optional)
  • Discuss and share the results (optional)

Horrabridge: The Clever Stuff Workshop – 15th May

 free workshop, as part of a series of ongoing events, from Transition Tavistock at Horrabridge Village Hall (map) from 6pm – 9.30pm covering:

  • Treatment of traditional buildings
  • Looking at options for insulating solid walls without cavities
  • The range of options for renewable energy in a domestic setting

April 2014

Horrabridge: How to do your free home energy assessment workshop – 7th April

 free workshop, as part of a series of ongoing events, from Transition Tavistock at Horrabridge School (map) from 7pm – 9.30pm covering:

  • What’s the home energy assessment for?
  • How will the information be used?
  • How to do your assessment
  • Understanding your assessment report
  • Complete your home energy assessment with help if required (optional)
  • Discuss and share the results (optional)

Horrabridge: The Clever Stuff Workshop – 10th April

 free workshop, as part of a series of ongoing events, from Transition Tavistock at Horrabridge Village Hall (map) from 6pm – 9.30pm covering:

  • Treatment of traditional buildings
  • Looking at options for insulating solid walls without cavities
  • The range of options for renewable energy in a domestic setting

Cheriton Bishop: Home Energy Saving Presentation and Workshop – 26th April

At the Spalding Hall, we learnt about:

  • Energy monitors and the energy use of different appliances.
  • Tips for simple and cheap energy saving, draughtbusting
  • How to save money by switching
  • How to assess your house
  • Energy efficiency for traditional buildings – many local houses are old and hard to insulate, with solid walls, brick or cob, thatch, traditional windows etc. This session brings advice from English Heritage and other sources for making older houses cosier and cutting bills.

For further information visit Moretonhampstead Energy Savers.

Horrabridge: Getting to Grips with Energy Costs Workshop – 29th April

 free workshop, as part of a series of ongoing events, from Transition Tavistock at Horrabridge Village Hall (map) from 7pm – 9.30pm covering:

  • Reading your meter and noting usage
  • Energy bills made easy, and energy switching
  • Managing heating systems and controls
  • Energy saving opportunities including no cost and low cost options
  • Understanding and controlling damp
  • Quick intro to retrofit and grant options

March 2014

Moretonhampstead: Energy Aware Workshop – 27th March

Moretonhampstead Energy Savers held an Energy Aware Workshop at The Yard Youth Centre, Green Hill, Moretonhampstead (map) from 4pm – 6pm to learn about:

  • The benefits of switching supplier and how to do it
  • Understanding your fuel bills and how to get help with your bills
  • Energy Aware Workshop, including the Home Energy Check self assessment

Horrabridge: DIY and Low Cost Improvements Workshop – 27th March

 free workshop, as part of a series of ongoing events, from Transition Tavistock at Horrabridge Village Hall (map) from 7pm – 9.30pm covering:

  • Introduction to retrofitting properties, Green Deal and ECO
  • Draught busting made simple
  • Low energy lighting options
  • DIY secondary glazing
  • Ins and outs of loft insulation
  • DIY hot water cylinder and pipe lagging

Exeter: Tackling the Energy Challenge Together – 28th March

Over the past three years the SEACS project has tackled the challenge of reducing energy consumption. The conference started with a presentation by Rob Hopkins, founder of The Transition Movement. The day focused on the successful methods and tools that have been used by the project partners in south west England and Brittany to assist individuals, householders, communities, schools and local authorities to change their behaviour and implement sustainable energy measures in order to reduce energy demand.

This conference provided a stimulating environment to learn about new tools and approaches as well as an opportunity to network and share with others your own practice when tackling the energy challenge. 

Horrabridge: Getting to Grips with Energy Costs Workshop – 29th March

 free workshop, as part of a series of ongoing events, from Transition Tavistock at Horrabridge School (map) from 10.30am – 1.00pm covering:

  • Reading your meter and noting usage
  • Energy bills made easy, and energy switching
  • Managing heating systems and controls
  • Energy saving opportunities including no cost and low cost options
  • Understanding and controlling damp
  • Quick intro to retrofit and grant options

February 2014

Newton and Noss Energy Fair – 1st February

Newton and Noss Environment Group Energy Fair at Newton Ferrers C of E School. Talks and trade exhibitors were on hand to help you with advice on energy-saving ideas to keep you warm, and your energy costs down.


January 2014

Tavistock and District Open Homes – 18th 19th January

Transition Tavistock welcomed you to our Energy Savers at Home fortnight. Fifteen householders across the area opened their doors from 10:00 to 16:00 to share with you how they are conserving energy or generating it from a renewable source.

Tavistock and District Eco Fair

Energy Savers Eco Fair at Tavistock College. Meet exhibitors specialising in energy conservation, renewable energy, woodfuel, planning, grants, electric vehicles and more. There are practical energy saving workshops, things for the children to do and light refreshments available. It’s also a chance to support Tavistock College’s Solar Schools Campaign.

Newton and Noss Open Doors – 24th and 26th January

Newton and Noss Environment Group with generous support from the Energy Saving Trust and Revelstoke Community Trust, invited you to Green Open Doors.  We visited local houses that have installed a variety of energy-saving, and money-saving, environmentally-friendly features.


Autumn 2013

Totnes and District Eco Homes Fair – 5th October

We met suppliers of eco-friendly goods and services plus home energy installers and eco-builders at Transition Totnes’ trade fair.

Totnes and District Open Homes – 28th and 29th September

We visited homes and gardens in Totnes, Dartington and nearby at different stages on the journey to reducing their environmental impact and household bills. Organised by Transition Totnes


March 2013

SWD CEP Launch Summit – 4th March

Devon’s County Hall played host to our launch event on the 4th March 2013. The Partnership, representing the local authorities and communities in the South Hams, West Devon and Dartmoor National Park areas, welcomed delegates from across the county to hear inspirational presentations from the leading lights on energy issues in the South West, and discuss how to localise energy for economic benefit.

Key Outcomes

This launch was held to introduce SWD CEP to organisations, authorities and groups throughout the county and the wider South West. It also acted as an opportunity to celebrate community energy action and gather information on opportunities, projects and schemes in the South West Devon area around sustainable energy to help reduce consumption and build resilience. Download the full SWD CEP Launch Summit Report.

 
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