Ottery Opens Homes For Environment Week

28th January, 2014
The Newton and Noss Energy Fair takes place this Saturday 1st February for anyone interested in saving money on their bills, renewables or energy efficiency.

Organised by the Newton and Noss Environmental Group, the Fair takes place at Newton Ferrers C of E School between 10:00 and 16:00.

Supported by the Energy Saving Trust through its successful Ready for Retrofit programme, the Fair will play host to speakers and local businesses. They will provide advice and information on anything from simple tips to prevent heat loss to financial incentives to go greener and generating your own energy.

Jon Rattenbury, Ready for Retrofit Manager said: “Energy Fairs run by community groups like Newton and Noss Environmental Group are great opportunities for visitors to talk to installers and we hope, become inspired to make their homes more efficient and save money on fuel bills.

“The Energy Saving Trust through the Ready for Retrofit project has also funded nine Energy Saving Open Homes events across the South West since September 2013. We will be announcing a new round of funding for community groups in February and we are looking forward to working with many more applicants.”  

The event follows hot on the heels of the group’s Open Homes event last weekend where visitors had the chance to find out how different technologies, tips and tricks actually work in the home. In total

Peter Brown, Chair of the Newton and Noss Environment Group said: "The Energy Fair builds on the  "Open Doors” event we held last weekend where visitors had the opportunity to look at 9 different homes to see seen what energy saving measures work for different types of houses. On Saturday people will be able to talk to the traders themselves and listen to presentations to find out how the various technologies work and discover the right choice for their home."

Open Homes Events have proved particularly successful for Ready for Retrofit. An event in Tavistock the weekend before last attracted around 150 visits to 15 homes; and the following Eco Fair on Saturday saw over 200 local people come through the door to talk to exhibitors and participate in talks.

Kate Royston, Co-ordinator of Transition Tavistock said: "If you are interested in conserving energy, generating it from a renewable source or even just finding out how to save some money on your bills, Open Homes and Energy Fair events provide an opportunity to learn from others already using the technology in their homes or to speak directly to the experts”.

Traders at the Newton and Noss Energy Fair include Andrew Coghlan Architect, Chris Rudge Renewables, Stenlakes Water & Waste systems, Eco trades, Total Home Environment, Community Council of Devon, Sungift Energy, GreenHus, New Generation Energy, ReGen SW and Devonshire Windows.

The £2.3 million, three year Ready for Retrofit scheme, administered by the Energy Saving Trust, enables social landlords to apply for funding to retrofit renewable heat and electricity measures as well as improve energy efficiency in their homes and supports local contractors to make them more competitive. The programme also supports local businesses and community groups to help inform people about energy efficiency and microgeneration in the home.

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