Energy

Community Energy

Why?

Community energy refers to the delivery of community-led renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, which are usually owned by communities. These projects are a great way to both speed up and scale up the rollout of energy projects. The benefits of community energy initiatives go far beyond their direct impact on climate change, energy security and fuel poverty. Energy projects can give communities who don’t normally interact common ground and a basis for trust and friendship – not to mention a tangible reminder of their successful cooperation. Taking control of your own energy supply can also be highly empowering, boosting a sense of what’s possible among individuals and the community as a whole – and bringing a host of economic benefits to boot.

How?

Get in touch with the Devon Community Energy Network which can signpost you to existing community energy organisations in your area and help you consider your own local projects.

Woman outside smiling whilst holding up Tamar Community Energy Banner.
Photo Credit: Kit Harbottle. Tamar Energy Community banner at Tavistock Carnival 2019

Switch to a green renewable energy supplier

Switch your organisation to a green renewable energy supplier or talk to the venue provider about switching to a green energy supplier.

Why?

Switching to green energy is one of the easiest and quickest ways to reduce your organisations carbon footprint. There are many on-line services that allow you to quickly and easily compare green energy tariffs to get the best deal in your area, and start saving money on your energy bills.

Child standing up and wearing goggles making solar panel artwork with small energy pack.
Photo Credit: Chloe Uden. The Art and Energy Collective – Making solar panel artworks in Exeter – Supported by Exeter Community Energy

How?

There are many online services which help you switch to a ‘green tariff’ with all of the Big 6 energy companies now offering a green tariff, however, chose your supplier with caution as some are more ‘green’ than others. Some suppliers simply decrease the amount of renewable energy other clients receive so yours appears more ‘green’ however, in reality, you are not contributing to additional renewable energy capacity, they are simply making everyone else’s energy more ‘brown’.

For maximum benefit, we suggest you chose a supplier who can prove that all the renewable energy they sell is produced by themselves on sites which they own.

Have a look at this Which article on “How Green Is Your Energy Tarriff?”

Energy Efficiency

Why?

Almost a third of small firms highlight the cost of energy as a barrier to the growth and success
of their business. Finding energy
efficiency savings is the single best way of reducing these costs over the long-term. Small businesses
need all the support and information they can get to help to make these Introduction savings wherever possible.

How?

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has created a fantastic guide designed for SME’s looking to reduce its energy consumption. It has ideas relevant to community groups and organisations too. It covers everything from heating, lighting and equipment. The full guide can be accessed here.