Interim Devon Carbon Plan is published – please have your say

Interim Devon Carbon Plan is published – please have your say

The consultation of the Interim Devon Carbon Plan is now live! The plan is a collaborative roadmap to creating a net-zero Devon where people and nature thrive and is Devon’s response to the global climate emergency,

The time has now come for your chance to offer further thoughts and feedback. You are asked to take part in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan consultation, which lasts for 10 weeks until 15th Feb 2020.

Devon Climate Emergency (DCE) partnership wants to hear your views on key actions which outline some of the transformational changes which are required to create a thriving net-zero Devon.

You can also get involved in a series of Webinars looking at different aspects of the plan.

You can download the Webinar poster here and register for Webinars here.

The Interim Devon Carbon Plan will be updated to a final plan after the Citizens’ Assembly, now in 2021 due to Covid-19.

The actions cover a broad range of topics which will allow us to build back better. Addressing the climate and ecological emergency is an opportunity to create a fairer, healthier, more resilient and prosperous society.

DCE is requesting feedback from Devon’s citizens to indicate to what extent they agree with the proposed actions.

Have your say at or request a paper copy and consultation questionnaire from your local library from January 1st.

You can download a copy of the ‘Have Your Say’ poster here.

Cosy and Warm Gas Central Heating Project

West Devon Borough Council (WDBC) has obtained funding for 118 new gas central heating systems in eligible homes, which will improve both their comfort and lower energy consumption.  The funds coming from the Warm Home Fund, Wales and West Utilities (they operate the gas network) and SSE will pay for a gas connection and a standard central gas heating system, at no cost to the householder.  Insulation will also be assessed and (when needed) offered to maximise energy efficiency. 

WDBC welcomes applications from both owner-occupiers and people who rent privately.  Eligible households (means-tested benefits or net annual income of £35000 and vulnerable to the cold) will need to have no formalised heating, electrical or solid fuel and close to the gas main to qualify.  Properties with a gas connection and gas fires may also be eligible. 

Landlords will be asked for a £500 contribution. The property must have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E or above. Please contact WDBC or email to see if you are eligible. 

You can apply online here.

Even if you feel you are not eligible there is alternative help, so please make contact. 

WDBC’s  Icon for pdf Cosy and Warm Privacy Notice [330.48KB] sets out what WDBC will do with your information and who they will share it with.

If you’d like to have a chat to someone about your energy needs and whether you may be eligible you can also call us at here at TEC on 0800-233-5414, email or check out this page.

A Helping Hand for Cold Homes

A Helping Hand for Cold Homes

Eligible residents, who are living without gas heating, are being offered the opportunity to benefit from free gas central heating for your home from West Devon Borough Council (WDBC).

The funding for Borough residents was gained last year from the Warm Home Fund and it is still available. WDBC and Tamar Energy Community (TEC) would really like to see eligible residents applying as soon as possible. The scheme is called Cosy and Warm.

Funding for a first time gas central heating system under this scheme comes from the Warm Home Fund and further funding from the Council together with contributions from SSE Energy Solution’s ECO fund (they are project managing the scheme) and Wales and West Utilities who manage the gas network. Wales and West will contribute by connecting properties to the gas network.

The Council would like to hear from residents who are struggling to pay heating bills and living in a cold home without a central heating system, but living close to the gas main.

Applications are welcome from owner occupiers and from the private rental sector, for households who do not have any central heating system (there is a £500 charge for landlords). Eligibility is dependent on the heating within the home, distance to the gas network and household income (homeowners or tenants must be under the household income threshold of £35,000 p.a.).

If you’re concerned aboout your heating and not sure if you qualify you can find out more here from WDBC. If you’d like to have a chat to someone about your energy needs and whether you may be eligible you can also call us at TEC on 0800-233-5414, email or check out this our web page.

Cold Calling Concerns, Home Energy Efficiency and Green Homes Grant

There are a growing number of reports of businesses claiming to represent West Devon Borough Council (WDBC) knocking on doors and offering home energy improvements. WDBC will never cold call.

One reason may be recent Government announcements about home improvements vouchers.

Our advice is that if any company cold calls or if they claim they work for ‘the council’ do not engage with them or allow them into your home.

The Green Homes Grant (voucher) scheme details are not yet clear. If you are interested in the scheme, we are inviting you to register your interest with us at Tamar Energy Community (TEC), and we will keep you informed. Working with our community energy colleagues and local authorities across Devon we will be putting together information. We plan to hold a webinar to share details and answer questions you may have. Check this link for more information.

We would also encourage anyone with concerns about your energy bills and/or keeping warm this winter to take steps early, before the weather starts to get cold. At TEC we offer free independent advice and support through our Warm and Well service We can also advise on the potential availability of grants for home energy measures. Find out more here.

Green Homes Grants

The Government has announced a £2bn investment in ‘Green Homes Grants’ to help private householders make their homes more thermally efficient and reduce bills.

The details of the scheme are still very unclear, and although it is due to start in September 2020, a launch date is still to be announced.

At Tamar Energy Community (TEC) we see a role in providing advice to householders, but do not forsee TEC being part of the delivery supply chain. We would advice any customers interested in this offer to register their interest with us here.

TEC will be working, together with other community energy groups across Devon, to better understand the scheme, application processes and related administration, and the accredited suppliers able to deliver the measures in your home.

As soon as TEC has enough information to provide further guidance we will be in touch and we will contact you to let you know when applications open.

These schemes can be complicated and we will not be able to provide one to one advice to every interested household across our area. In order to give you the information you need, we intend to organise one, or several, online meeting(s) to provide guidance in an accessible format.

Tavistock & District Local Economic Blueprint

Tavistock & District Local Economic Blueprint

The Tavistock and District Local Economic Blueprint (LEB) was launched at the Tavistock Chamber Business Show on Friday, 6th November 2015.

Its aim was to provide a supported three year plan to help strengthen our local communities, stimulate jobs and enterprise and enable increasing proportions of our needs to be fulfilled through local supply chains.

The LEB covers local food, local energy generation and domestic retrofit.

The Blueprint looks at how far the £120m spent each year in and around Tavistock on food and energy benefits the local economy, and what opportunities there are for these sectors to deliver more for our future health, wellbeing, resilience and prosperity.

The Blueprint reports and other information can be found here on the Transition Tavistock website; or you can download the Energy report here.

We believe these reports and the information and recommended actions within them could provide valuable insight as we look to Build Back Better.

About the LEB area included

The report focuses on the Southern Link parishes around, and including, Tavistock, but our conclusions and recommendations have wider relevance across West Devon and beyond.

Population: 32,200 (PPSA estimates, West Devon 2012) Households: 13,481 (2011 Census Data)

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

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

TEC LED Price list

Tamar Energy Fest 2018 – 24th November

Our 2018 Tamar Energy Fest was on Saturday, 24th November in Tavistock Town HallThanks to all our exhibitors an visitors for helping make it a great event.

We talked about The Power in Your Hands to save energy, reduce bills, generate your own and help the planet, 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 showcased 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 were also delighted to be joined by Precious Plastic Tavistock, our local Community Growers and the local Eco Church community.

Our programme of talks ran through the day. You can download a programme here.

Our trusted exhibitors on the day included 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 were 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 our Energy themed quiz for all the family.

Energy Fest Talks

The Talks were all held in the Rundle Room.


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






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 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.