Posts Tagged ‘fuel security’


20
FEB

Lets Get Energized says:
Fracking & Better Energy Solutions – Talk in Bridport Dorset, 12th March


Category: Climate Change, Energy Events in Dorset, Fracking, Fuel Poverty & Security, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Living
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Fracking & Better Energy Solutions

Talk by Charles Miller
Thursday 12 March 2015

Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start
Bridport Town Hall, Dorset

Admission FREE

West Dorset Friends of the Earth group are delighted to invite you to this interesting and informative talk regarding fracking, presented by Charles Miller.

With twenty-five years experience in the oil industry worldwide, Charles Miller gives a brief outline of the Energy Crisis. He will then explains the problems with Fracking and safer and sustainable Energy solutions that other countries are choosing instead of Fracking, to protect their citizens and countryside and to keep energy bills from rising.

There will be time for your questions at the end of the talk.

We hope to see you there.



16
DEC

Jacob Windsor says:
Green energy suppliers Ecotricity introduce winter-long price freeze


Category: Fuel Poverty & Security, Green Electricity & Gas, Renewable Energy Film/Video
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Ecotricity has announced a price freeze for all gas and electricity customers until the end of winter 2014.

The green energy company had previously announced a price freeze until the New Year just as the Big Six announced price increases of up to 10% – Ecotricity are now extending that price freeze until at least the end of winter for both their 100% Green Electricity and Green Gas tariffs.

Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said: “Energy bills are a big part of the cost of living in Britain, and there is simply not enough being done to solve the problem. The Big Six are increasing prices by up to 10% just before winter, the Government is playing politics by blaming ‘green taxes’, and the regulator has not been strong enough ever.

“If we continue the way we are now, we’re going to see energy bills increase significantly over the next decade – we could even see them double.

“There is another way – our model of using our customer energy bills to build new sources of green energy, what we call bills into mills; it’s working for our customers, and it’s a model we think is right for Britain. We’re not just making greener energy, we’re making cheaper energy – and we’re demonstrating how that works now by freezing prices until the end of winter.”

Ecotricity has reached a degree of energy independence by building its own green energy sources, and this enabled the company to announce a price promise in October 2013, to always undercut the standard regional tariff of the Big Six – providing green energy for less than the standard price of brown (fossil fuels).

Dale said: “We now produce around 40% of our own energy through our own green sources, and the more we build the better able we are to shield our customers from price hikes that come with a reliance on the fossil fuel market. That’s the way Britain has to go, because only energy independence can properly tackle rising fuel bills.

“The alternative is where we are now – a continuing reliance on fossil fuels, ever-increasing energy bills, and more people falling into fuel poverty every year.”

Ecotricity spends more per customer on building new sources of green energy than all other energy providers in Britain put together – on average, over the last nine years, this has equated to almost £300 per customer per year.

Ecotricity generates around 40% of its own electricity through green sources, and has planning permission for enough new sources of green energy to double that percentage.

Dale said: “The energy industry has to change. It needs to serve the people of Britain, not the largely foreign owners of the Big Six. Putting prices up at the start of this winter is a good example of what’s wrong: it’s cynical timing just as consumption doubles, and it’s just not justified by wholesale energy prices. In the end, it’s the people of Britain who are losing out.”

Ecotricity has an Ethical Price Promise, which means that every customer gets the same 100% Green Electricity or Green Gas tariff and everyone gets the same, best price, regardless of when they signed up or how they pay…

So it really is time to #DumptheBigSix!

Switch to Ecotricity through Dorset Energized and you’ll receive a £60 Naked Wines voucher!
Go to:
 www.ecotricity.co.uk/dorset-energized or call free on 08000 302 302. When you sign up please quote ‘Dorset Energized’.


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  • Energy Brokers comments:
    "If you are increasing and then freezing the price, will people love you for this. Its better you reduce your prices. "
    December 25, 2013 a 7:25 am


25
FEB

Paul McIntosh says:
FREE fuel poverty & energy awareness training in Blandford on 4th March 2013


Category: Energy Efficiency, Energy Events in Dorset, Fuel Poverty & Security, Green Deal
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Dorset Energy Advice Centre (DEAC) and North Dorset District Council (NDDC) are working together to deliver a FREE half day session on Fuel Poverty next Monday 4th March 2013, 9:30am – 12:30pm in their Council Chamber at NDDC, Nordon, Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum, DT11 7LL .

With the advent of the Green Deal and rising energy prices not likely to get cheaper, this training will give attendees an excellent introduction to the definition of the term, the causes, and what can be done to mitigate it.

The training is opened to all individuals who volunteer or work for organisations and community groups who have an interest in this field.

The training covers the following topics and provides a resource pack including a fuel poverty checklist:

  • What is meant by fuel poverty
  • How it can come about
  • How to spot it
  • What help is available

If people are unable to attend this session, other training sessions are being held across Dorset:

  • Dorchester, Tuesday 5th March, 9:30 – 12:30
  • Bridport, Wednesday 6th March, 14:00 – 16:45
  • Weymouth, Monday 11th March, 14:00 – 16:45
  • Christchurch, Tuesday 12th March, 14:00 – 16:45
  • Wimborne, Wednesday 13th March, 14:00 – 16:45
  • Swanage, Tuesday 19th March, 9:30 – 12:30
  • Bournemouth / Poole TBC

Download the Fuel Poverty Training Poster >>

To make a booking or for more details about the training, please contact Becky at DEAC on 01202 209417 or email Becky@deac.co.uk.



17
JAN

Sharon Fay says:
Test drive a Nissan LEAF at A.P. Chant’s Renewable Energy Event in Bridport – 26th January 2013


Category: Electric Transport, Energy Events in Dorset
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Join the FJ Chalke team at A.P. Chant’s Centre of Renewable Energy, The Core, Bridport Dorset, on Saturday 26th January to learn all about the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

Arrive at 10am ready for a Presentation at 10.30am.

After the presentation you will then have the opportunity to drive a Nissan LEAF (so don’t forget your driving licence) and you will also get the chance to explore A.P. Chants renewable energy centre The Core, and have a look at rainwater harvesting, solar panels, biomass boilers and lots more.

If you would like to join us please RSVP to me, Sharon Fay, at FJ Chalke 01963 34335 or email sharon.fay@fjchalke.co.uk (Places are limited so book early!).



16
JAN

Vince Adams says:
Sturminster Newton Renewable Energy Exhibition & Forum – 16th February 2013


Category: Climate Change, Energy Events in Dorset, Renewable Energy
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Sturminster Newton Renewable Energy Exhibition & Forum
Date: 16th February 2013
Timing: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Venue: Bow Room at the Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

FREE Admission

We would like to invite you to this fantastic new Renewable Energy Exhibition which has been planned to show off the latest technology from established local sources who will be on hand to advise and enthuse local people with the opportunities that exist for installing the right kind of equipment for your needs to save money, stay warmer, and help our countries’ CO2 emission targets for future generations.

Exhibitors include:

  • Ace Energy Solar
  • Bioheat Gillingham Wood burning energy
  • Nissan LEAF 100% Electric Cars
  • Carelec LED lighting and Edmundsons the Electrical Wholesalers
  • DEAC Energy Conservation
  • Green Deal
  • Tim Purbrick Specialist in major solar farm projects
  • NDDC Planning Representative from the local planning committee
  • Energize Stur Valley Local Energy Group
  • Dorset Energized

DEAC (Dorset Energy Advice Centre) will be demonstrating how to help people out of fuel poverty and advising on grants and supports that can be obtained here in Dorset.

The representative from NDDC will answer queries relating to planning laws.

For those interested in Electric Transport their will be the opportunity to test drive the new Nissan LEAF 100% electric car.

For visitors with specific questions about any related subjects there will be an on-going Forum where a panel of professionals will be on hand to answer them.

Admission is FREE and the Exchange has an excellent Cafe where refreshments will be available throughout the morning.



20
DEC

Theresa McManus says:
Renewables keep household fuel bills lower than gas


Category: Climate Change, Fuel Poverty & Security, Green Electricity & Gas, Renewable Energy, Renewable Heat Energy
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Here’s some warming news for Winter!

RenewableUK, the trade and professional body representing the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, has welcomed a report last week by the Committee on Climate Change which shows that generating energy from renewable sources will keep British household fuel bills lower than relying on expensive fossil fuels such as gas.

The CCC’s report highlights the fact that increases in gas prices drove household bills up by 62% between 2004 and 2011. In comparison, support for the entire spectrum of low-carbon technologies, including renewables, led to an increase of less than 10% over the same period.

Looking ahead, the Committee warns of the risks of focussing investment on unabated gas-fired generation, which it says could push household bills £600 higher in 2050 compared to relying on low-carbon sources of electricity.

The Committee also states that support for the entire range of low-carbon technologies will increase domestic bills by around £100 by 2020 (a 10% increase on the 2011 bill) – far lower than figures quoted in some media reports.

Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK Chief Executive, said:
“This report proves that the pound in your pocket is safer with renewables, rather than with gas. We know how much renewables cost, but gas has proved to be an extraordinarily volatile commodity. We must loosen its grip, for the sake of all of us hard-pressed bill payers, by switching to a more affordable mix of renewable sources. The Committee on Climate Change’s authoritative report is warning against a dash for gas. The Chancellor should take note of their expert opinion, rather than being swayed by a small minority of less well-informed voices.”

The report came on the day that the Energy Secretary, Edward Davey, announced that shale gas would not contribute to the UK’s energy mix for some time to come, and that what he described as the “seismic risks” brought by shale would be subject to new controls.

Mr Davey said: “We are still in the very early stages of shale gas exploration in the UK and it is likely to develop slowly. It is essential that its development should not come at the expense of local communities or the environment”.

In the meantime I highly recommend you switch your electricity and gas supply to Good Energy’s 100% renewable energy today. I have been with them for at least 10 years now and they offer a very competitive tariff plus you can save £50 off your first bill by simple quoting ‘Dorset Energized’. Switch to Good Energy here: http://www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/energy/switch-energy-suppliers



28
NOV

Wendy Pillar says:
Solar thermal rapidly spreading over Dorset rooftops!


Category: Solar Energy
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Photovoltaic solar panels, which generate electricity, have been rapidly spreading over Dorset rooftops in the last couple of years. Solar thermal systems seem less popular for some reason, but make perfect energy and financial sense if you have a south- or near-south-facing roof.

Solar thermal is like having a radiator on the roof that works in reverse – instead of taking heat from the hot water cylinder and distributing it into the internal space of the house, it takes heat from the sun on the roof and concentrates it into the hot water cylinder. In fact, you can make a DIY version with an old radiator painted black and placed in a sunny spot. There are some technicial issues with this, and it’s nowhere near as efficient as a modern purpose-built system, but on the other hand it is nearly free! (By the same token, you can make a solar shower with just a very long hosepipe and a shower head, but that’s a different story!)

A well-installed system should provide 60–70% of annual domestic hot water requirements. Simpler to install than photovoltaics, the installer drills the fixings through the slates or tiles into the rafters, sealing the holes afterwards. Inside the house there is a pump, temperature sensors and a controller that stops heat being removed from the cylinder when it is cold outside. You will probably also need a new hot water cylinder with an extra coil inside. It is important to calculate the size of the installation correctly – larger isn’t necessarily better, as the system may overheat if it generates more heat than can be absorbed by the water in the cylinder. For this reason, it is important to pick an experienced local installer. Once installed, your hot water is effectively free for about eight months of the year for at least 20 years into the future. You can turn your boiler off altogether over the summer months, making major savings on gas or heating oil.

The Renewable Heat Incentive currently provides a grant of £300 towards solar thermal installation costs, and a new grant is likely to be announced in the next few months that, similar to the feed-in tariff, will make payments for the heat generated, paying back the cost of installation in around 7 years.

So, with the cost of heating oil, gas and electricity steadily climbing, solar thermal makes sense on financial as well as environmental grounds, and there is plenty of time to get it installed before the sun finally returns in the spring.

For more information and the options available see our section on Solar Energy.



12
NOV

Theresa McManus says:
FREE Fuel poverty awareness training in West Dorset 21st & 27th November 2012


Category: Energy Efficiency, Energy Events in Dorset, Fuel Poverty & Security, Sustainable Living
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Dorset Energy Advice Centre are offering FREE fuel poverty awareness training for Community, Volunteer, Health and other home-visiting professionals and volunteers.

The training will cover:
• Definition of Fuel Poverty
• The Causes
• Health implications
• The help available

You will also receive resources, including a “fuel poverty checklist” to assist you in spotting those in fuel poverty. Each session lasts two hours and you only need to attend one session:

Session 1
Wednesday 21st November 9.30 – 11.30am, Room 1, the Bournemouth Learning Centre, Ensbury Avenue, BH10 4HG

Session 2
Tuesday 27th November 9.30 – 11.30am, Committee Room 3, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ

Places are limited to a total of 25 on a first come first served basis, so please contact me, Theresa McManus, at DEAC to book your place now: info@deac.co.uk / 0800 975 0166.

This training is kindly funded by Bournemouth LINks.
A Local Involvement Network (LINk) is a network of local people and groups who have joined forces to improve health and social care services by listening to people like you. They’re independent of the local council and the NHS and exist throughout England. There’s a LINk local to where you live. Register with LINks today to have your say: http://www.makesachange.org.uk



02
NOV

Lets Get Energized says:
Save £50 off your first energy bill with Good Energy


Category: Energy Deals & Offers, Green Electricity & Gas
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We have doubled our special offer discount when you switch to Good Energy, the UK’s only 100% renewable electricity supplier.

Quote ‘Dorset Energized’ and they’ll give you £50 off your first bill (this offer is open to all UK customers so you don’t have to live in Dorset).



31
OCT

Sharon Fay says:
Time to turn over a new LEAF (£1600 deposit contribution towards a brand new Nissan LEAF)


Category: Electric Transport
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Have you ever thought about buying an electric car but thought it was going to be to expensive and gave it no more thought? Well here are a few points you may not have thought about with the bigger picture of owning a Nissan LEAF compared to a combustion engine car…

Costs like fuel that just keep rising but you can charge the Nissan LEAF from as little as £2.03 for a full charge.  This is an annual cost of £186 based on 10000 miles per annum.  With the average cost of a gallon of petrol now £6.32 what does you car do to the gallon? The Nissan LEAF is 339 mpg.

We all hate to pay road fund license, but with the Nissan LEAF this is NIL and the same with the congestion charge in London which is normally £8 a day but NIL if you have a Nissan LEAF.

All these savings add up plus with the £1600 deposit contribution with Nissan Finance you can save yourself even more on monthly payments.

So enjoy the luxury, comfort and smooth ride of the Nissan LEAF –  it may not be as expensive as you think!

Give me a call (Sharon Fay) at FJ Chalke Ltd 01963 34335 or email sharon.fay@fjchalke.co.uk for FREE advice to get on the road to greener energy.



22
OCT

Theresa McManus says:
Cornish Manufacturer Launches Pixie Heat Pump


Category: Heat Pumps, Renewable Heat Energy
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Cornwall-based Kensa engineering, has launched the smallest ground source heat pump on the market, designed to provide space heating and domestic hot water for flats and small dwellings.

The Shoebox Heat Pump is small enough to fit inside a kitchen cabinet! Like all ground source heat pumps it is ideal for new builds, but it can also be retrofitted to properties that have suitably sized outside space, such as a car park, to contain the boreholes for the heat-collecting slinky pipes.

The system is certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and is eligible for funding under the commercial Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) because it qualifies as a district heating system. The marketing executive at Kensa Heat Pumps has been reported as saying that the approximate cost per unit is around £4000, including the borehole and other costs, and that it would typically pay for itself over the lifetime of the RHI.


Find more about Heat Pumps here: www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/energy/heat-pumps.



19
OCT

Theresa McManus says:
Turning Down the Heat


Category: Energy Efficiency
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Most people are now worried by their rising energy bills, highlights an article in Greenwise published on 16th October (http://www.greenwisebusiness.co.uk/news/rising-energy-bills-are-biggest-worry-to-householders-3599.aspx).

Apparently, the YouGov Household Economic Activity Tracker (HEAT) shows that UK consumers are more worried about energy price hikes over the coming year than they are about unemployment, inflation or taxes.

However, at the same time, most people can also make lots of really easy savings.
There are two key things that can reduce your energy bills:

1. Simply use less energy!

  • Turn off appliances at the plug when not in use – especially equipment (like phone chargers) that includes a transformer.
  • Turn lights off if you’re the last person leaving the room – even if you think someone will be back in a few minutes.
  • Only fill the kettle to the level you need to use at that moment.
  • You could also change the timings of your central heating and hot water so that it comes on a bit later and goes off a bit earlier.

2. Stop your home from losing so much heat through insulating cavities and lofts, which is still currently free for most people. Other types of insulation, like cladding solid walls, secondary glazing and measures like draughtproofing, will all be potentially eligible for Green Deal loans when they become available early next year. (Don’t miss the FREE Draught Busters Workshops in Bridport 27th October & 1st December 2012 – see Paul’s blog post on: http://www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/archives/2012/10/18/draught-busters-workshops-in-bridport-27th-october-1st-december-2012/)

For more tips check out: www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/energy/energy-efficiency.
Contact DEAC on 0800 975 0166 for more information and free, impartial advice about saving money through saving energy.



18
OCT

Paul McIntosh says:
Draught Busters Workshops in Bridport 27th October & 1st December 2012


Category: Energy Efficiency, Energy Events in Dorset, Fuel Poverty & Security
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Transition Town Bridport are running 2 Draught Busters workshops to help people reduce their heating bills.

27th October & 1st December 2012
Draught Busters
Unitarian Church,Victoria Grove, Bridport  

The workshops will be run by Chit Chong and willinclude training on how to stop draughts around leaky windows and doors, and is suitable for anyone who can use a small hammer. Transition Town Bridport will also supply the materials at cost to participants. Typically, the cost will be around £10-£15 for the plastic strips; the workshops are free.

Cutting out draughts makes a huge difference to keeping a house warm and cosy, and saving money from fuel bills, as well as reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
Chit has recently started a business in Bridport providing more extensive insulation, and he will be available to discuss other ways of saving energy in the home. His website is at www.dorsetdraughtproofing.co.uk.

Anyone who would like to attend a workshop should email admin@transitiontownbridport, telephone Chit Chong at 01297 480825 or visit www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

Download the Draught Busters Poster >>


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  • Theresa McManus comments:
    "People often ignore measures like draughtproofing, but they can save as much wasted energy as double glazing – and doesn’t cost anything like as much ! Invest in some sealant today! "
    October 18, 2012 a 2:58 pm


08
OCT

Theresa McManus says:
Electric cars not green if coal used to generate energy


Category: Electric Transport
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The BBC reported last week that a study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology study found that greenhouse gas emissions rose dramatically if coal is used to produce the electricity.

For me this is not really news – anything we do using electricity is bad news if that electricity was generated using fossil fuels. I think this just emphasises the need for a rapid transition away from fossils fuels in electricity production. Maybe as local authorities and others start rolling out electric vehicle charging points, renewable generation can be co-located ?

One key message which is currently underplayed is that to achieve this switch away from fossil fuels in anything like an appropriate timeframe, not only do we need to increase investment in renewables but we also need to focus on reducing our energy demand.

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19830232 for details of the article.


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  • Ian Howard comments:
    "The benefit of electric cars is that it will reduce pollution in towns and cities. However if the electricity to recharge them is the increased use of coal fired power stations then all we are doing is moving the problem. Which then leads me to ask the question how green are they? "
    October 8, 2012 a 2:01 pm

  • Nathan Shaw comments:
    "As David Mackay states in his book ‘Sustainable Energy – without the hot air': Using grid electricity for electric cars produces emissions equivalent to fossil fuel cars. So, why not change? Its no worse for the environment and the greater strain on our grid will be a catalyst for investment in renewable energy. Then, renewables will be seen as ‘heroes’ for saving the car and the world will quickly embrace them – or maybe im getting carried away! "
    October 8, 2012 a 11:15 am


10
JUL

Keith Wheaton-Green says:
Wood I lie to you?


Category: Fuel Poverty & Security, Renewable Heat Energy
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We live in and off mains gas like a lot of people in rural areas and have a large propane tank that had been costing us around £1200 a year to keep filled. There have been price rises most years and sometimes more than one a year. I have asked Centrica if our village is ever likely to be connected to mains gas and was told “No, very unlikely.” So we will be stuck with having to heat our house with expensive oil or – in our case – propane gas. Or so I thought until recently (more on that later)…

We needed to reduce our reliance on this expensive fuel. Our first action was to replace the gas fire in the living room with a log burner. OK its not quite so convenient but I have learnt to enjoy acquiring wood for free from a variety of sources and the healthy exertions of sawing and chopping. Our garden actually supplies a lot of the wood. Ash trees grow here like weeds and I have allowed about 15 of them to become small trees. I cut one down every year and reckon that the stump will have produced another useful crop by the time I get back to it (15 years later) to chop again. It’s also surprising how much wood I get from friends and neighbour’s rubbish piles and my own DIY. Basically, in the 10 years we have had the log burner, I’ve only ever bought one load of wood, and that was as a favour to the seller because he was in urgent need of money.

Then earlier in 2012 we replaced the gas hob with an efficient electric induction hob. These are amazing! They heat up so quickly, controllably and safely using surprisingly little electricity. A lot of the electricity comes from our recently installed photovoltaic panels. When possible, we cook during daylight hours to use the free electricity. The propane gas tank has only been filled once this year so far and it is still 60% full. So it seems the change of hob will have reduced our energy bills significantly.

But we still need the propane for hot water and central heating and the high cost means we don’t keep the house as warm and cosy as we’d like. We get mildew in the top corners of the bedrooms because we only turn the central heating on when it’s really cold.

So I was very interested to discover – through a presentation at our village hall – that there is a company willing and able to replace our boiler with a heat exchanger, install a district heat main under the road and connect it to a wood chip boiler that will serve me and my neighbours. This is providing enough of my neighbours agree to get connected to make the scheme viable. The company will do all this at no cost to me and will then bill me for the heat we use, which will apparently cost about 65% of what we currently pay. The company reckon that – unlike oil and propane – the cost will not need to rise any more than general inflation. I suppose they might be right. (Maybe I’ll keep the boiler in the garage just in case!)

I’m going to a Residents Association meeting tonight to attempt to persuade as many of my neighbours as possible to agree to connect to a district heat main. If everything goes well I can look forward to a sustainable, warmer, cheaper future…



10
JUL

Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Eco Travel Taking Off in the Brecon Breacons


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Things Electric seem to be taking off in the Brecon Beacons – the tourist sector embracing the new technology to boost trade and to bring the joys of Electric Transport to holiday makers.

Here in Dorset we also have many visitors seeking to enjoy the countryside and of course those visitors wish to enjoy the rural scene in a way that keeps it the quiet and peaceful place that drew them here in the first place.

In the Brecon Beacons they are setting an example of how this might be done – using quiet electric vehicles so people can explore and enjoy without disturbing, tourism with a light footprint.

Of course what is needed to make this effective are more charging points so those using electric vehicles of any type, can recharge their batteries. Businesses seeking to boost trade might well profit from offering charging facilities, and of course feel good by doing so as well.

In Dorset there is signs of this Electric Transport tourism emerging as well – the electric bicycle hire available near Bridport – and of course the same factors apply, electric bikes need recharging facilities as much as cars – and while the vehicle recharges, well opportunity signals for the alert business people!

Of course as electric vehicle ownership increases, more and more people will need the charging facilities – surely an opportunity not just for the switched on people in the tourist industry?!

Check out the sites below for more info on eco travel and of course our page on Electric Transport.

www.ecotravelnetwork.co.uk – The Brecon Beacons project

www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk – Electric Bike Hire in Bridport



05
JUL

Beverley Satchell says:
Vince’s Nissan LEAF Gets Dorset Energized with FJ Chalke!


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Dorset Energized’s very own Vince Adams came over to F J Chalke Wincanton today for his annual service… and to have the graphics done on his Nissan LEAF! Not only does it advertise the Dorset Energized website, but also gives people the opportunity to get directed via our smart phone QR reader, to our FJ Chalke – Nissan LEAF webpage for more information.

This is a brilliant idea, as we work closely with Dorset Energized, and this really seals the relationship! I think Vince is going to get a lot more interest in his Nissan LEAF then he does already (which I hear is a fair bit!), and with the car parked up, people can access the information whilst they are curious about the car.

If you see him driving around Dorset be sure to send us your comments, or maybe tweet us your photos @WincantonLeaf



31
MAY

Theresa McManus says:
Ensure your own energy security by using & producing your own renewable energy


Category: Renewable Energy
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Catherine Mitchell has recently written a really powerful article published in the Guardian, which is critical of the UK’s energy policy. The article Who is in charge of Britain’s energy policy? claims that “Intense lobbying by energy companies and government misinformation is creating genuine uncertainty about who has overall control”. It is cause for concern, but effectively emphasises the need for people to take their own steps to avoid possible future price hikes and to make their own low-carbon choices.

Read her  full article here: www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/28/britain-energy-politics

For more ideas and inspiration from local people who are using renewable energy check out our ‘Dorset Energy Stories’ at www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/archives/category/dorset-energy-stories and visit our Renewable Energy section on this website to see what is available and to take the next step: www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/energy.

As always, if you have any queries you can comment here on this blog post, or talk to me or one of my colleagues at the Dorset Energy Advice Centre on 0800 975 0166 for some free advice.


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  • Peter Bywater comments:
    "Another article in the Guardian a few months ago pointed out that the renewables industry gets a constant bad press and most of that bad press is completely void of fact. It was pointed out that in terms of subsidies we pay for energy through our fuel bills, we pay up to around £350 per year to subsidise nuclear power and only around £60 for renewables. In fact with the new cut in the wind + hydro subsidy that will be down to £55 next year. "
    July 31, 2012 a 9:02 pm


21
MAY

Beverley Satchell says:
Look out for the 100% electric Nissan LEAF visiting a town near you!


Category: Electric Transport, Energy Events in Dorset
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Friday 25th May – Sunday 27th May 2012
Jersey international Motoring Festival

Join FJ Chalke and the new Nissan LEAF at the RUBiS Jersey International Motoring Festival, the largest annual motoring event in the Channel Islands, comprising of competitive sprint and hill climbs for classic and vintage cars and motorcycles.

The full programme of events includes touring cars and motorcycles, ancillary trade stands and exhibits from all Jersey motoring clubs.

Enjoy a friendly and relaxed atmosphere on the beautiful Island plus there’s opportunities for car and motorcycle enthusiasts to display their “pride and joy” whether this is a veteran, vintage or classic, touring or competition car or motorcycle.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Look out for FJ Chalke Eco Team at these other Dorset events too:

Wednesday 30th May – Saturday 2nd June (9am – 6pm)
The Royal Bath & West Show

Have fun with the FJ Chalke Eco Team and the Nissan LEAF at the country’s biggest rural festival where there is something for everyone, from food lovers to families and farmers to fashionistas! There’s so much for you to see and do!

Sunday 17th June (12pm – 9pm)
Rotary Club of Gillingham, Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground

Enjoy a Fathers Day festival of music and real ale with FJ Chalke and the Nissan LEAF at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury showground.

Live music, father’s day activities, refreshments, classic car display plus other vehicles.

Its going to be a great day, don’t miss out!

For more information visit www.fjchalke.co.uk/eco.

Don’t forget to take part in THE BIG TURN ON too! See my previous blog post all about the fantastic Nissan LEAF challenge: http://www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/archives/2012/04/05/the-big-turn-on-is-coming-to-fj-chalke-wincanton-win-a-nissan-leaf-ipad2-win-charging-stations-for-dorset



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Beverley Satchell says:
Fuel Crisis… So What?


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With the talks of ‘fuel strikes’ to take place all over the country, we found this the perfect opportunity to promote the Nissan LEAF. With the Nissan LEAF being 100% electric, fuel buyer’s curiosity was going to be aroused. The realisation also became clear that we do rely too much on fossil fuels, and it’s not going to be in constant supply forever.

While people were wasting their time, queuing up at petrol stations, I was happily driving around in my Nissan LEAF that I had charged up at work. There was something quite satisfying about driving past those packed petrol stations, knowing the only reason I would have to go anywhere near a petrol station, was just to use the shop!

We did get more customers come in to our show room as a result, phoning up and asking for more information or to test drive the Nissan LEAF. The ‘fuel crisis…..so what?’ ad in the newspaper definitely stirred up a lot of interest. It was nice to see all the electric car doubters finally show a bit of interest.

Visit our website on www.fjchalke.co.uk/eco.



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