Imaging Alternatives – Feast for the Future – Join Us

We’ve been taking part in an initiative developed by University of Plymouth, Regen and South Dartmoor Community Energy called Imagining Alternatives – Feasts for the Future.

Building on the successful Community Energy Feasts Regen has organised in the past, the idea was to bring different groups together to reflect and celebrate together about what we’d like to see in our Utopian future of 2068.

Now its Tamar Energy Community’s turn to host a feast for our Directors, Members, Volunteers and Supporters and provide some space to chat and reflect together.

Please join us, if you can, on Friday 15th February at the Lower Deck Cafe, URC, Russell Street in Tavistock. We’ll be kicking off at 19:00. Partners are welcome (please register each attendee separately).

This will be a Vegan Feast provided by a local caterer.

We have a small budget from the initiative and TEC funding to cover some of the costs, but we would like to ask for a donation of £5 per person on the evening.

If you’d like to join us please book BY TUESDAY EVE- Feb 12th by registering here on Eventbrite.

An important aspect of the Feast is a shared table which has been handmade by Devon craftsman Barnaby Stone. Everyone will have a chance to sit at the table and leave their mark by creating their own pattern.

We’d also like to use this occasion to celebrate our achievements so far, chat about the future, and in particular how we can contribute to the challenges of significant carbon reduction by 2030 … Twelve Years!

We look forward to seeing you. Please register now.

 

Energy Clinics

Concerned about energy costs? Like to discuss your heating? Need advice on switching?

Drop in and see us at one of our Energy Clinics

January 2019

Tues. 15th Jan 14:30 to 16:30 Tavistock Library
Tues. 22nd Jan 14:30 to 16:30 Tavistock Library
Thur. 31st  Jan 14:30 to 16:30 Tavistock Library

February 2019

Thur. 7th  Feb 14:30 to 16:30 Tavistock Library

 

If you’d like to talk to one of our Energy Advisors, or arrange a Home Visit and can’t make it to our Energy Clinics give us a call on 0800-233-5414 or email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com

LED Lighting

LED Lighting has many advantages over other forms of lighting in most circumstances.

It is very low energy and good quality LEDs should have a life time of 10 to 15 years.

In our Local Matters community space we sell a range of LEDs at a competitive price. If we don’t have want you want we can make enquiries to source them for you.

We’re open from 11:00 to 13:00 from Mon. to Sat. or you could call us to make an appointment on 0800-233-5414 or email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com.

TEC LED Price list

Tamar Energy Fest – Please join us

Our 2018 Tamar Energy Fest is on Saturday, 24th November in Tavistock Town HallYou can come and join us between 10:00 and 15:00. We look forward to seeing you there.

This year we’ll be talking about The Power in Your Hands to save energy, reduce bills, generate your own and help the planet.

We’re highlighting changes in the industry towards ‘smart’ … opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of homes, business and travel … as well as local generation and storage.

We’re showcasing our progress with our OpenLV pilot including our work with St. Peter’s School and the Eco Club, our Energy Advice Service, our Bedford Cottages work and our Community Solar installations.

We’re excited to have Precious Plastic Tavistock, our local Community Growers and the Devon Wildlife Trust joining us … as well as the local Eco Church community.

There’s a programme of interesting talks starting from 10:30 … more below … and you can download the programme here.

Our trusted exhibitors on the day include Mike Wye Natural Building Products, New Generation Energy, Utility Warehouse, ZLC Energy, and The Fell Partnership … more below …

Adding to the day’s fun and enjoyment are Red Squirrel Tree Care’s free woodland themed photo booth and our Energy Cafe with delicious locally sourced cakes … and warm and hot drinks … PLUS come and try your hand at our Energy themed quiz for all the family.

We also have a raffle with some fabulous prizes.

Do come and join us … its free … and it’ll be a fun and interesting day for exhibitors, visitors and volunteers alike.

We’d be delighted if you could help us spread the word. You can download a poster here and a flyer here. Thanks!

 

Energy Fest Talks

The Talks will all be held in the Rundle Room and will last up to 30 minutes with time for questions. Feel free to take your tea and cake with you.

 

Our Exhibitors

We’d like to thank our Exhibitors for giving up their Saturday to be with us … including

New Generation Energy's logo ZLC Energy logo
red squirrel tree care logo
Devon Wildlife Trust logo

 

 

 

 

 

Annual General Meetings

AGM Agenda

Our next Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 12th November 2018 at Local Matters, Elbow Lane, Tavistock. PL19 0BG.

Join us from 19:00 for refreshments. The formal proceedings will commence at 19:30 followed by our teams presenting their work … and discussion.

You can download the Agenda here.

 

AGM 2017 – 26th March 2018

Our 2017 AGM (Accounts to 5th Apr. 2017) was held on 26th March 2018 in Local Matters, Elbow Lane, Tavistock.

Katie Revoille and Sophie Phillips from S. Dartmoor Community EnergyThe minutes are available here.

The agenda is available here.

We’d like to thank Katie Reville from S. Dartmoor Community Energy for her engaging presentation about their work.

The Power in Your Hands – our OpenLV project

The Power in Your Hands – our OpenLV project

The Power in Your Hands is a local community energy initiative running in the Greenlands area of Tavistock for local householders and St. Peter’s School.

  • Want to reduce your energy costs?
  • Find out more about energy use locally?
  • Where our local energy comes from?
  • How bills could reduce in the future?

If YES, get in touch … Call 0800-233-5414, email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or let us know your details via our Contact Form.

If you’d like to take part in our Householders Survey here’s a link to it online. It will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

Find out more here.

LEAP Eligibility Criteria

 

LEAP has some very broad eligibility requirements. We want to be able to help as many people as we can by extending the service to anyone that either is already in, or is at risk of falling into fuel poverty. It is open to all types of householders – homeowners, private renters and social housing tenants.

You only need to qualify on one of the points in any of the three categories (Income, Health or Vulnerability) below in order to be eligible for the scheme.

If you think you qualify you can call Tamar Energy Community on 0800-233-5414 or LEAP on 0800-060 7567 to arrange a visit.

Income Criteria

Anyone receiving one of the following:

  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit / Working Tax Credit
  • Universal credit
  • Child benefit
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction
  • A Disability Benefit (incl. Attendance Allowance, DLA, PIP)
  • MoD administered benefits
  • Annual income not more than that shown in the LEAP income matrix below:
No. of children / young persons under 18 in household Household
One Adult Two Adults
0 £14,520 £21,780
1 £19,140 £26,400
2 £23,760 £31,020
3 £28,380 £35,640
4 £33,000 £40,260

Health Criteria

Anyone with one of the following:

  • Cardiovascular condition (incl. coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, transient ischemic attack)
  • Respiratory condition (incl. COPD, asthma)
  • Neurological or neurobiological condition (incl. dementia, Parkinson’s disease, MS, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, ME)
  • Musculoskeletal conditions (incl. arthritis, limited mobility, recently attended hospital due to a fall)
  • Blood conditions (incl. Sickle cell disease, thalassemia)
  • Cancer
  • Moderate to severe mental illness (incl. schizophrenia bipolar disorder and depression where receiving regular treatment)
  • Severe learning disabilities
  • Autoimmune or immunodeficiency diseases (e.g. lupus, diabetes, HIV)
  • Terminally ill
  • Other illness exacerbated by cold (confirmed by GP)
  • In possession of a valid NHS Medical Exemption Certificate

Vulnerability Criteria

Anyone in one of the following situations:

  • Victim of domestic violence
  • Recent bereavement
  • Moving in and out of homelessness
  • Recent immigrant or asylum seeker
  • Physical or sensory disability

 

The Power in Your Hands App

The Power in Your Hands App

The Power in Your Hands project will be providing data on the energy use of households, and St. Peter’s School, which are in the Greenlands area of Tavistock, and connected to the Meavy Way low voltage (LV) substation.

We’re developing a computer based application, which you could also access on a tablet or smart phone.

This will provide information about energy use across the substation area at different times of the day.

Going forward, energy companies will be looking at introducing tariffs with different rates at different times of the day.

We’d like to give you an opportunity to work with us to understand how this could benefit you in the future.

Here’s an example of information we’ll be providing. It’s in the form of graphs and shows usage on October 4th.

The first one shows the power used across the Meavy Way LV substation by each of the three ‘feeders’ (each substation has a number of ‘feeds’ to the different properties. Meavy Way has three feeders).

The second one shows the total power used by everyone connected to the Meavy Way substation.