Thursday, 21 August 2014

SidEnergy latest news: Honiton Show... Cosy Devon... Green Open Homes... Community Share Hotspots... Membership Share Issue... energy switching workshops

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Newsletter No.6 August 2014

SidEnergy at the Honiton Show

The SidEnergy team took to the road and had a stand at the Honiton show to present to a large audience our message of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

On a hot sunny day large crowds were able to hear about proposed investment opportunities for SidEnergy members, as feasibility studies are underway on some larger projects, together with potential savings from suppliers and energy switching opportunities.

More information about becoming a fully paid up member and being able to take advantage of these offers can be found on our website. SidEnergy | Home | Sid Valley's community energy cooperative

Don’t delay, things are moving fast! Come and join us and help to expand our increasingly successful community energy group.

Do you know someone who will be struggling to heat their home this winter?

You can help them save money, energy, keep warm and healthy this winter through CosyDevon.

What’s on offer?

CosyDevon is offering homeowners, landlords and tenants:
FREE loft and cavity wall insulation
• Free replacement boilers to households in receipt of qualifying benefits and subject to availability
• Loft insulation top ups for only £149.

What is CosyDevon?

CosyDevon is a new scheme developed by 10 local authorities in Devon in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and E.ON. Funded by the Energy Company Obligation the scheme aims to install 7,000 insulation measures across Devon by end March 2015.

For Further details please see the flyer at:

Green Open Homes – Have Your Say

As part of our Open Homes programme, we need your input.

For our final event of the year, we want to hear about what technologies you are interested in and what you would like more information on.

Already we have featured events on:-
Infra Red photography and how it benefits home owners by identifying areas of heat loss
Biomass boiler-Is it suitable for your home and things to look for
Assorted renewable technologies
Energy efficiency measures
Air leakage test in a new build home
Possible benefits from Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed in Tariff
Energy switching workshops

If you want more information on these or any other topics, please email us your suggestions to info@sidenergy.co.uk and we will either arrange an event or invite you to a member’s home who can provide the necessary information.

This is your opportunity to find out more and support your local community energy company-SidEnergy. Contact us now.

Community Share Hotspots

As part of Co-operatives Fortnight, the Community Shares Unit has supported a piece of research which has revealed the top ten areas where communities have launched and completed share offers to purchase local assets, from pubs and shops to wind farms and football clubs. Oxfordshire secures the top spot, with the south west having 4 hotspots in the top ten! Well Done South West!

For more information please follow the link below:-

Forthcoming Projects

SidEnergy will soon be making a major announcement on a proposed Solar PV project in the area. It is our intention to call a public open meeting as soon as we are in a position to do so. We are currently carrying out feasibility studies at 5 sites in the area which involve Solar PV and hope to call a public meeting as soon as we can to discuss these projects. 

Membership Share Issue

SidEnergy recently launched its membership share offer. Membership forms continue to pour in and we would like to thank all of you who have so far signed up. 

If you have not yet signed up and wish to, then you can do so via our website or by completing a form and returning it to SidEnergy c/o Easterbrook Eaton, Cosmopolitan House, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LS. If you want to know where you can obtain a form please contact 07592 803063 and we will attempt to get a form to you. Alternatively there may be copies available at the Easterbrook Eaton office.

Membership costs only £10 and the benefits of being a Member can be found on our website. Our application form also includes details on the benefits of membership.

“Show Us Your Bills” Energy Switching Workshop

These workshops continue and you can find us at the monthly Sidmouth community market in the St.John Ambulance Hall. The next one is on Saturday 13th September 2014 between 10:00 and 12:30. Why not come along and meet members from SidEnergy. Bring along a year’s worth of energy bills and we will do the number crunching for you and hopefully be able to show you the best deals that are out there for you.

Please Note 

We are only an advisory body, we will supply you with any relevant information but the final decision to switch will ultimately lie with you, you are under no obligation to switch to any supplier or act on any information supplied by SidEnergy at the workshop.

We will do everything possible to complete the consultation on your first visit, however if we cannot do this then we will arrange a mutually convenient date to complete the consultation.

About SidEnergy

SidEnergy is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers who live in the Sidmouth area. Our aims are to promote green technologies and advise the community on the best ways of saving energy and as a result reducing your energy bills.

SidEnergy is a properly constituted community company and is structured to meet all necessary statutory safeguards and is registered with the FSA
Any revenues generated by SidEnergy through partnerships will be used to fund community projects.

There will be investment opportunities where SidEnergy’s role will be as facilitator and advisor.

We will check out the feasibility of any green project that is presented to us and if the project is possible we will assist in the raising of finance through share offers to enable the project to happen.

Once a project is set up we will act as administrators ensuring that any revenues and monies generated are distributed to the share holders. We will not be taking any fees or monies for this as already mentioned we are a not for profit organisation.

It is important to note that SidEnergy is not an energy company like one of the big six. We do not generate or trade gas and electricity to supply to your home or business.

Power in the Community

Here at CosyDevon we’re on a mission to help you save money, energy and make your home warmer for less for years to come.

Apply today to find out if you’re eligible for free home energy saving improvements plus you can find out lots of great ways to start saving energy and money.
If you’re a Devon homeowner, landlord or private tenant you could qualify for.*
  • A replacement A-rated gas boiler
  • Free cavity wall insulation
  • Free loft insulation
  • Free or subsidised loft top ups
  • External wall insulation with funding support from CosyDevon
We hope you’ll find our website really useful. You can find out what kind ofenergy improvements you could be eligible for, apply online as well as find out lots of information about great ways to save energy and money.

Did you knowa well-insulated home can provide lots of benefits including:

  • Help you save money off your energy bills
  • A home that’s easier to heat and stays warmer for longer
  • Keeping heat in your home, instead of escaping through your walls and roof 
  • Improve the external appearance (if external wall insulation is required) 

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