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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 www.greeninghorsham.org.uk. Phone 07941 338169

 

News from the Eco Fair

Details of Exhibitors

We've just about finalised the list of exhibitors at the Eco Fair ... here's what our exhibitors have to say for themselves:

ArborEaters

Arbor Eater Brushwood Chippers Ltd is a family run business supplying log splitters, Saw benches, Woodchippers, green waste shredders and screeners for woodchip and compost. We are able to provide equipment and offer advice on producing your own carbon neutral wood fuel, woodchip as a biomass fuel and composting. http://www.arboreaters.co.uk/

Bioenergy Technology Ltd

Bioenergy Technology Ltd. are Microgeneration (No. MCS 1297) approved for the supply and installation of biomass boilers. The company is committed to the development of the UK energy efficient, low carbon heating market. Our team has worked successfully on some of the first carbon neutral biomass, boiler and low carbon heating projects in the UK. Bioenergy Technology are specialists in log and pellet boilers, woodchip and combination boilers with storage and transport solutions and log and wood pellet stoves Products range from 3kW to 6MW for space heating, process or combined heat and power. www.bioenergy.org

Brighton Energy Cooperative

Brighton Energy Co-operative is a community organisation to help local people invest in green energy schemes. “Investors” buy shares in the coop and this money is used to buy and install green energy technologies. When these start producing electricity, Brighton Energy Co-operative receives an income which is split between Brighton Energy Co-operative investors and low-carbon community projects in Brighton. Brighton Energy Co-operative has recently secured three sites for its solar panels at Shoreham Port, St Georges Church and City Coast Church. The combined solar arrays will generate 120kW over their lifetime - enough to power 40 homes and save 1,085 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

If you would like to support this exciting green energy opportunity in Brighton & Hove, please make a pledge (non-binding) to buy shares at http://www.brightonenergy.org.uk/pledge-your-support-to-brighton-energy-co-op/. Then come along to our launch event on 2 November, where you can hear more about our exciting solar energy scheme, and buy shares.

Downs Energy

From our Burgess Hill offices Downs Energy install cavity wall, solid wall and loft insulation to homes throughout Sussex. Insulation is free to the over 70s and those in receipt of certain benefits and otherwise a typical price is just £189. There is no need to go to your energy supplier, Downs Energy can manage the whole process to achieve the energy savings that only good insulation can provide. Insulation is the low hanging fruit in respect of energy efficiency and should be installed before other more extensive technologies. Downs Energy – 01444 for a free no obligation home survey. http://www.downsenergy.co.uk/

Eco-eye

The Eco-eye range of wireless electricity monitors are the brainchild of local businessman Trevor Pumphrey, director of the Modern Moulds Group based in Lancing, West Sussex. With more that 30 years experience in the mould tooling and plastics industry, the company diversified three years ago with the openeing of the Eco-eye division. Eco-eye has steadily taken off both in the UK and abroad, receiving many favourable reviews, with the Eco-eye Elite recently being awarded Best Buy status by Which? Magazine. The company offers several models of electricty monitor suitable for both domestic and commercial use, from the original simple to use Eco-eye Elite and Mini to the latest and most advanced Eco-eye Smart which offers computer connectivity. For up to date information on Eco-eye products go to www.eco-eye.com

ICA Electrical Contractors

ICA Electrical Contractors are a family run company based in Horsham, West Sussex. We are MCS registered installers of Solar PV systems offering you a full design and installation service for Solar PV. We are fully approved NICEIC electrical contractors and a member of the Renewable Energy Assurance Scheme. We adhere to a consumer code of excellence and are audited annually to ensure that we meet all regulations and guidelines. This gives you peace of mind that all work will be undertaken in a professional and efficient manner. For further information please visit our website www.icaelectrical.com or call 01403 242770

Mould Growth Consultants

MGC will be exhibiting Sempatap Thermal, insulation for solid wall homes, which is as easy as wallpaper to apply and can be installed on a DIY basis. It is approved by the Energy Saving Trust as an energy saving product and is an EST ‘Recommended’ material for the insulation of solid wall homes. Sempatap Thermal immediately reduces heat loss through solid walls providing warm, comfortable homes as well as reducing heating bills. We will also have on the stand Sempatherm Radiator Insulation Panels and Sempaflue Chimney Balloons. Literature and free Sempatap Application DVD available on the stand. www.mgcltd.co.uk

Solar Advanced Systems

Go green, make money, go solar. We supply and install Solar PV systems which will generate your own electricity. You get paid by your electricity supplier for every kW hour you produce. This is a government backed scheme which is index linked and guaranteed for 25 years which will give you up to 15% return on your investment and which is tax free. We have a 5-star rating with Which? Local and a very high rating with Checkatrade. Find out more at www.solaradvancedsystems.co.uk.

Sussex Solar

We install Solar water heating (thermal) and Solar electric (photovoltaic) systems in Sussex and Surrey. We are fully accredited MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) installers for both technologies. You will be eligible for the PV Feed-in Tariff payments and the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive for solar water heating systems. We are members of the Solar Trade Association and the REAL assurance scheme. This means we abide by a professional code of ethics and you are covered by a free insurance backed deposit guarantee scheme. www.sussexsolar.com

Sustainables4U

Sustainables4U provides cost effective, renewable energy solutions through the supply, maintenance and installation of five areas of renewable energy services:

  • Solar UV
  • Solar PV
  • Energy Saving Devices
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • LED Lighting

www.sustainables4u.co.uk

Horsham District Council

Horsham District Council will have an information stand at the Eco Fair

The Environment Centre

The Environment Centre provides practical support for companies, schools, community groups, the public sector, organisations and individuals.Our mission is to support those wanting to enhance their environment, reduce their use of natural resources and improve their lifestyle and local economies through:

  • Raising awareness of environmental issues within all sections of the community
  • Promoting the principle of individual and collective responsibility for the environment
  • Facilitating sustainable change through informed decision making
www.environmentcentre.com

Transition Horsham

Transition Horsham is an initiative by a group of local volunteers to encourage a grassroots response to the challenges of Climate Change and Peak Oil. We aim to raise local awareness of the issues and explore the practical steps we can take now to address them in our community. We believe change is inevitable and it is better to plan for it together and to build resilience.

www.transitionhorsham.org.uk

Local Residents
Finally, and most importantly, as well as the organisations listed above local residents who have made changes already will be there to share their first-hand experience.