Unlocking the Power of Community – Energy Fair 2016

Unlocking the Power of Community – Energy Fair 2016

energy-fair-2016-posterUnlocking the Power of Community is the theme for our annual Energy Fair on Saturday October 15th taking place in Local Matters community space in Elbow Lane, Tavistock, from 10:00 until 15:00.

There’s lots of reasons to come along …

… We’re offering free tea and cake

… Are you concerned about keeping your home warm, about your bills, saving energy?  Come and talk to our local volunteers about the small things you can do that can make a difference.

… Find out more about the Community Fundraiser we’ve started with the Utility Warehouse. They offer excellent service and competitive tariffs to suit some households.

… Living in an older home that’s difficult to keep warm? Building a new home? Come and find out more about what others locally have done and how you can get started or be helped along the way.

… Come and talk to  Mike Wyenatural building productsThe Fell Partnershipenergy efficient building,  GreenHusexternal wall insulation.

… Living in a Bedford Cottage? We’re starting a project to look at how we can keep these homes warmer without spending lots of money. Come and find out more.

… Interested in generating your own power or in renewable heat? Things are changing fast. Come and talk to three of the leading local experts: New Generation Energy, Sungift Energy and ZLC Energy.

community-solar-sun-community-solar… See our Community Solar installations generating! We’re proud of our achievement in getting solar panels owned by the community to support five sites across the area. Our host sites (including Mount Kelly and Abbey Garden Machinery) can reduce their energy costs and be renewable generators. Any surplus is used to support fuel poverty and energy advice locally. 

… Talk to Roots to Transition and the team from Tasty Tavy working to transform Tavistock … and pick up some free seeds

… Check up on our Totally Locally Tavistock display

.. And see what we’re doing with Local Matters community space … supporting Transition Tavistock, Tamar Energy Community, Climate Matters and more … a space for you …

If you’d like to help us promote the event you can download a poster here

Want more information? Call or email us at hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or on 07969 569 444.

Volunteers for Local Matters community space and TEC welcomed!

Regular or occasional two hour shifts.

Tamar Energy Community is seeking additional volunteers to help us run our recently opened community space – Local Matters.

A key part of our activity is the operation of a community space which can provide a place for local people to meet and discuss local matters such as local food, energy, climate change, local businesses and how they can be supported. Importantly it is also a centre where volunteers can provide energy support and advice for local people.

We are looking for enthusiastic and people centred volunteers who are interested in finding out more about our activities, are interested in talking to people about their energy use and opportunities to improve their home comfort; and helping us develop Local Matters into a thriving hub within the community.

We will provide training for the right candidates.

Local Matters is open from 11:00 to 13:00 6 days a week (Monday to Saturday) and from mid September we will be adding an additional shift from 13:00 to 15:00.

You may be able to work each week or once or more a month. We’re happy to be flexible to fit in with your circumstances.

We also have opportunities for volunteers wishing to take a more active part in the organisation such as supporting our social media development; or assisting with our community generation projects.


If you are interested in applying please email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com with your personal details and experience, your reason for applying and a CV. Initial applications are welcomed by Friday 16th September 2016 but we welcome applications at any time.

If you have any questions please call Kate Royston on 07969-569-444.




Energy switching – for an offer better suited to your needs


Energy Bills can be very confusing.

  • It’s useful, from time to time, to check out what’s available from other suppliers for your gas and electricity. You may find you can save money.
    We recommend the switching services offered by Plymouth Energy Community (PEC).
  • There’s a telephone service available. Just call 01752 477067 and you’ll be connected to PEC’s partners energyhelpline. Have a bill handy, if available. If you don’t have a bill to hand, don’t worry, their advisors will support you through the process.
    • It’s a completely free and impartial service, and there is no obligation to switch. energyhelpline compare all tariffs on the market and you will always be advised of the cheapest deal available. You can ask if you’re looking for something specific, like a renewable energy tariff. Key/card users can switch too.
  • If you prefer an online service then check out http://www.plymouthenergycommunity.com/switching.
    • Use this link and you can check for the best tariffs yourself. Again it is free and impartial and you don’t have to switch. When you’re using the switching service, on the last page, click ‘See results’ to see your offers from all suppliers, the ones which say ‘Review Only’ are not available from us, but you can go directly to the supplier website to switch to it. Once you have chosen the tariff that you wish to switch to, just click and switch!
    • This service is provided by PEC’s partners, My Utility Genius.
  • If you’d like some help to switch, then come along with your bills to:
    • see us at our Local Matters Community Space – open Mon to Sat (opening hours here).
    • join us at Green Drinks, second Tuesday of each month at Union Inn (19:30 to 21:30).
    • or email: hello@tamarenergycommunity.com; Phone: 07969-569-444
Tamar Energy Community AGM – 14th July – 19:30

Tamar Energy Community AGM – 14th July – 19:30

Come along to our AGM and share your views 

We’ll be holding TEC’s AGM on Thursday 14th July, starting at 19:30, in our Local Matters community space in Elbow Lane, Tavistock.

The evening will be a celebration of our achievements together so far and our plans for the coming year. We’d also like to hear your views and ideas  onhow we should develop the community benefit fund.

TEC is reaching an important and exciting stage in its development. Our first community owned local generation project should soon be realised, . and we’ll be opening the doors of our Local Matters community space very soon

Come along, see what we’re up to and be one of the first to explore our Local Matters space and exhibits, We’ll have an update on investment opportunities for those interested. We’ll also be tempting you with delicious cake. Let us know if you have any special dietary requirements!

In order to be quorate we need 10% of our members to attend, but we do hope that more of you will join us!

If you’re not a member you’re also welcome, although you won’t be able to vote. Let us know if you’re able to join us.

The formal agenda is below. If you have any questions, please email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or call 07969 569 444.


Notification of Tamar Energy Community’s AGM
Tamar Energy Community will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 14th July, starting at 19:30.
The AGM will be held at Local Matters community space in Elbow Lane, Tavistock.
We invite all our members to attend.
The agenda:
  1. Welcome to Members
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Presenting our Accounts, Balance Sheet and Reports of the Board
  4. The Application of Profits
  5. Resolution 1: To apply the audit exemption
  6. Resolution 2: Charter to guide the administration of TEC Community Fund
  7. Election of the Board
  8. Any other business
  9. Date of next meeting
Further information will be distributed prior to the AGM.