There is at present, no functioning Home Energy Group, although there has been a little activity around the subject.
Energy Advice sessions have been run in the Old School Centre, by South Dartmoor Community Energy, offering free and impartial advice. These focus mainly on switching energy supplier, as a quick and easy way to save money. But advice is also available on reducing draughts, insulation, and reducing electricity use.
Government grants for insulation etc., are now a thing of the past. Initiatives like the Green Deal, were ineffective. Other government policies have brought swingeing changes to renewable energy installers, and de-motivated some sectors. So we are on our own, apart from the renewable heat incentive, and existing agreements providing subsidy.
It is hoped that by linking with other Transition or sustainability groups, a program of events will be organised, to take place later this year.
Suggested topics include:
CARBON FOOTPRINTS:- how are we doing?
HOME HEATING:- a comparison of options.
KEEPING WARM ENOUGH- practical improvements.
DRAUGHTS AND VENTILATION- getting in control.
Some potential members of a re-forming Home Energy Group, have made themselves known, and we are keen for more to join us. Aspects of the subject can be dry, so a sense of perspective, and a sense of humour, would be very desirable attributes to bring.