Making your home warmer

On this page we’ve put together a host of information you can use to make your home warmer. From insulation to central heating, we’ve got it all! And don’t forget, for more information you can pop into the Town Shop and speak to one of our Energy experts who will be pleased to help.

Get Involved

Get Involved

There are many different ways for you to become involved with Tamar Energy Community.

Why not come along to one of our Green Drink events to meet like minded people and learn more.

You could also volunteer and/or train to become an Energy Advisor

Or simply Join TEC for £1 and help us to make the Tamar Valley a sustainable and energy efficient place to live powered by locally generated energy!

We’re also keen to hear from people with their own ideas for projects and things they can teach us and/or people who’d like to collaborate.

If you’ve got something you’d like to share or a project you’d like to run please get in touch and we’ll give you all the support we can to make it a reality.

And check out our vacancy for Home Energy Advisors here. Apply by Sunday March 20th.

Our Energy Story

Our Energy Story

Our Energy Story charts how our community has used energy over the years; from the very first street lights to instant lights at the flick of a switch. But in a world where burning fossil fuels is leading to climate change and where many members of our society face fuel poverty are there lessons we can learn from our past to give us a brighter energy future for tomorrow?  The following slides illustrate how the Tamar Valley has generated it’s own energy in the past and how doing so again may be the best solution for our future.

Our Energy Past

Our Energy Present

Our Energy Future




At Tamar Energy Community we’re involved in a number of different projects that are helping us localise energy. This includes community owned renewable energy, improving housing and addressing fuel poverty.

You can find links to our ongoing projects and investments below, including Community Solar, Mount Kelly Heat Project, Warmer Bedford Cottages and our Energy Advice Services.

If you’re interested in getting involved, have ideas for a project or would like to start your own, please get in touch.

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Community Solar

TEC has installed 327kW of community owned solar across six host sites including Abbey Garden Machinery and Mount Kelly College and Prep sites in Tavistock, Tesco Stores in Callington, Carbiele Junior School in Torpoint and Plymstock School.

Find out more here.

In the last quarter of 2020 we raised £322,000 through a community share offer to extend community ownership and enable us to repay loans. Find out more here.



Mount Kelly Renewable Heat Project

Mount Kelly School and Tamar Energy Community are excited to be working on an ambitious renewable heat project to assess the potential for a carbon neutral district heating system for the School’s 60 plus buildings across their 100 acre site. Find out more here.



Bedford Cottages – Warmer and Healthier

Many of our homes across the area are old, and not very energy efficient, and it can be frustrating to feel as though your heat is having little benefit. Understanding the best way to improve older homes can be confusing. Who to talk to? Who best to do the work? Does planning need to be…Read More


Energy Advice Services

  • Finding it challenging to manage your bills and/or heat your home to a comfortable and affordable level?

  • Interested in how to conserve energyreduce your energy bills or generate your own energy with technology such as solar PV and battery storage?

  • Are you looking to retrofit/renovate your property to make it more energy efficient … or build a new energy efficient home or workplace?

Find out more about our Energy Advice Services and how we’re able to help here.


Energy Advice

Energy Advice

Finding it challenging to manage your bills and/or heat your home to a comfortable and affordable level?

Interested in how to conserve energy, reduce your energy bills or generate your own energy with technology such as solar PV and battery storage?

Are you looking to retrofit/renovate your property to make it more energy efficient … or build a new energy efficient home or workplace?

Our Energy Advisors are here to help with our Warm and Well service (download our flyer here).

If you are concerned about managing your bills and/or keeping warm enough PLEASE get in touch with us today. Call us on 0800-233-5414, email or complete this form.

We’re now offering Virtual Home Visits and support on the phone and by email; we’re providing more information via this website (see below) and we can also offer advice via the web e.g. Skype/Zoom. 

There are a range of different topics covered below which can help guide you in the right direction. If you can’t find what you want, or you’d like to have a chat then please get in touch by emailing, calling 0800-233-5414, messaging us via Facebook, or complete the referral form here and we’ll get back to you.

Keeping Warm and Well

Read our blog here with tips about Keeping Warm and Well.

Newsletter – January 2016

Newsletter – January 2016

From the team at Tamar Energy Community, we would like to wish you a great New Year and we hope you enjoyed a relaxed Christmas.  Your support over the past year has been greatly appreciated and we look forward to this continuing throughout 2016.

In this months newsletter find out how you can help us to get the Tavistock Town Shop up and running, read about a solar array bond offer at Portworthy that you can invest in, and get an update on recently announced changes to the Feed In Tariff (FIT).

Find the newsletter here.