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Greening Horsham. EcoFair press release1 Oct 2011

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Energy prices have risen by 21% since last year…

That’s £244 for the average household! Find practical money saving solutions at the Home & Business energy “Eco Fair” on Saturday 22nd October at County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1XA. 10am ‘til 4pm.

With the current global downturn and spending cuts biting, we are all likely to be feeling the pinch, so Greening Horsham’s Energy Eco fair couldn’t be more timely. There’s a whole raft of initiatives out there to help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and see our bills fall, but they can seem pretty confusing. From the very simplest (and free) measures, like closing curtains or blinds at night, draft proofing and insulation, right up to installing solar panels on your roof to generate your own electricity, there are things absolutely EVERYONE can do reduce their bills significantly. While the issues surrounding our dependence on fossil fuels certainly have profound environmental significance, they also affect us much closer to home - literally in our homes!

The Feed-in Tariff for domestic solar PV installations (the money you get for creating your own electricity and selling it back to the National grid) is to be reviewed next April. It is predicted the tariffs will be reduced significantly, so now is certainly the time to consider PV installation. Once installed, the current tariffs are then guaranteed for 25 years!

Whether you are considering any of these projects for your home or business, or just interested to find out more, the Eco Fair will give you the information you need brought all together under one roof. The Eco Fair model has run very successfully in many locations across Sussex and further afield for several years, but it’s over four years since the last event in Horsham. It brings together a number of businesses offering a wide range of schemes - solar PV, insulation, Smart meters, wood burning & biomass boilers etc., industry specialists, and local residents, some of whom have undertaken these initiatives in their own homes. It’s a chance to chat informally (over coffee & cakes!), get the practical information you need to help you decide what scheme might work best for you, as well as how to make it happen. In addition to stalls, exhibitions and real people with real experience on hand to chat to, there will be a programme of speakers all day (programme in advance on our website) covering topics including the “Green Deal”, Solar PV tariffs,
Community energy schemes, Wood fuel heating & LED lighting.

The event will be opened at 10am by Claire Vickers, Chair of Horsham District Council who along with West Sussex County Council is actively supporting the EcoFair. Greening Horsham hopes to build on this event by running other EcoFairs in the future covering a range of environmental topics.

Greening Horsham website Phone 07941 338169


News from the Eco Fair


Energy Monitors

Do you know which appliances in your home or office use the most energy? Energy monitors can help you find out.

Energy monitors show you in real-time how much electricity your home is using, when you turn on a light or other electrical appliance they display shows the change in load. Many energy monitors also show the cost of electricity being used.

Energy monitors range from devices which plug in and monitor a single lamp or appliance – good for really working out how much electricity your TV uses, for example – to those which connect to a computer and allow you to see graphically how much energy you've been using.

The chart shows how much electricity was used while baking bread – you can see how the oven uses a lot of energy as it heats up and then the thermostat turns the electricity on and off to keep the oven at the right temperature. The two big spikes show when a kettle was used while the bread was baking.

It's been estimated that almost £1 billion is wasted each year by leaving appliances on when they're not being used and energy monitors can help reduce this.