Advice Galore Given Out at West Somerset's Energy Fair
|Published: 23rd September 2011 11:19|
West Somerset's first Energy Fair, giving people a chance to find out how to keep warm and save money took place last Friday and Saturday as winter is creeping closer and fuel bills are rising.
Forum 21 and Transition Minehead and Alcombe worked together to bring the Energy Fair to Minehead Eye. Companies from across the South West came with displays of insulation, renewable energy and energy saving products including solar panels, different types of wood fuels - and triple glazed hardwood windows.
Local environmental groups offered advice on saving energy and Brendon Energy (Wiveliscombe) invited people to support their Community Energy initiative - they are raising money to put solar panels on community buildings in the area. There was also a programme of talks by expert speakers.
Visitors were able to find out :
- how solar panels on the roof produce electricity or hot water and save money on bills as well as earning money
- how a biomass (wood) boiler works
- what grants are available for renewables and for 'hard to heat' houses
- how community energy initiatives work
- all about energy by trying the hands on exhibits supplied by the science museum At-Bristol.
- how easy it is to ride an electric bike
Lorna Scott, one of the organisers of the Fair said it was: ‘the place to come to answer all your energy queries, and to find out the best ways to save energy - and money - in your home. This was the first time all this expertise has been gathered together under one roof in Western Somerset.'
Next event organised by Forum 21 will be on 29th September. For details see: Watchet Energy Advice Centre Open Day