Category Archives: Plastic Bottletops

Keep A Million Bottletops Out Of Landfill !
The project is to encourage householders to keep their households’s tops and lids out of the wheeliebin and therefore out of Landfill..Separate and bring the tops of all sorts into the Home Energy Centre where they are picked up for reusing..and the small amount of money paid for them goes to charity, at present to the RNLI

Climate Change

Parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in the atmosphere have now gone through the “safety” level of 400 ppm and continue to rise..

The last time mean global temperatures reached 2-3°C above present levels, some 3 million years ago – an event associated with CO2 levels of about 400 ppm – polar regions were heated by nearly 8°C, and sea levels had risen by 25 metres relative to the present.This represents near-total melting of Greenland and West Antarctica Ice Sheets

Atmospheric CO2

Discounts at Ilminster Home Hardware

Winter discounts at Ilminster Home Hardware..

Products to help householders reduce heat loss in the home and heating bills are available this winter at Ilminster Home Hardware for followers of the Home Energy Centres..just quote Discount Code HEC2017 when you visit..

  • Insulation for your windows..cover your single-pane windows with insulating film and sealant strips..
  • Change your lightbulbs to LEDs and save on running costs..wide range of shapes and sizes available plus advice on which to chose..

Introduction to Home Energy Essentials

Home Energy Essentials

Introduction to Home Energy Essentials takes place at frequent 2-hr and 4-hr Workshops in Ilminster and in Chard, Somerset.   Workshops can also be arranged at other venues

The Energy Essentials workshops are open to all, free to attend for members of community groups and householders. The Workshops are available as :

2-hour evening Workshop …for householders wishing to get an understanding of what makes their homes work best so as to ensure cost-efficient use of energy

4-hour afternoon Workshop ..volunteers looking to increase their understanding of how to guide householders to reduce their energy costs and their carbon footprint, and to promote sustainable energy and support members of their community to live in healthy, warm homes together with reduced carbon emissions

The Centre for Sustainable Energy, Bristol, coordinators of the workshops,says:

“We want to help inform and inspire local residents  to engage people to save energy, generate renewable power, reduce carbon emissions and  tackle fuel poverty. We know from behavioural research and experience that people are more likely to change their behaviour – both at home and work – if they receive advice from someone local; a person they know, trust and can relate to. That’s why we’re linking volunteers within communities, workplaces and organisations, and creating opportunities for them to raise awareness and encourage action on energy issues.”

Topics covered include low carbon retrofitting, smart meter roll out, affordable warmth, energy-efficiency in the home,  and renewable energy. For details of upcoming Workshop dates please email


Warmer Chard & Villages project is under way

Warmer Chard & Villages provides householders with free advice and information, together with materials, to reduce their heating costs by stopping heat loss through draughts  and doors/walls

Householders can also receive a review of their energy usage to ensure the most efficient use of their electricity and gas

The Home Energy Centre Chard,with coordination through HEC Ilminster, is working with the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Bristol, supported with funding from South Somerset District Council, to provide free information and advice about energy-efficiency measures  to householders in Chard and surrounding villages..

It is an area identified as having a higher proportion of poverty and deprivation, compared with other areas of South Somerset, according to the indices of multiple deprivation and having a particular need for energy advice services due to pockets of high fuel poverty, as a result of:

  1. A need for greater understanding around energy use and costs
  2. Rising energy bills (particularly many of the surrounding villages without mains gas, relying instead on more expensive options to heat their homes, such as LPG or night storage heaters.
  3. High proportion of older populations who are more susceptible to cold and damp homes. Cold homes can contribute to excess winter deaths, cardio-vascular disease, depression, arthritis and rheumatism, it affects dexterity, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries in the home.
  4. Higher proportion of older properties, solid walled properties, which are typically £300/year more expensive to heat than homes with more modern cavity-wall insulated homes.

The project will run initially until March 2017 , looking to reach 1,000 households in the area. Householders can receive assistance by contacting the Home Energy Centre on:

m 0751 8037458       email       Facebook homeenergycentre


Big Energy Saving Week 2016

Another successful BESW !BESW 2015 logo

BESW 2016 – Many great events, and many activities, throughout Somerset. Home Energy Centre acted as a Citizens Advice Silver Partner for Somerset. Bronze packages providing funding and events were available , and Tweets and Facebook posts went far and wide..

As well as recommendations to check your energy tariff and to switch to one that offers best value, plenty of tips were available to help you to keep your home warm, at lower cost..

  • .check your roofspace insulation is at least 270mm least a quarter of the heat you pay for escapes through the roof

    Well-being for the home

    Well-being for the home

  • 21% of your home’s heat loss is through the windows and doors..a clingfilm-type product like Filmglaze turns single-panes into double-glazed, at a cost of only a few £££
  • a reflector panel placed behind the radiator can distribute the heat more effectively and save £££

Contact the Home Energy Centre on to request tips and guidance for actions you can take to ensure that your home as energy-efficient as you can get it !


Big Energy Savings Week – Citizens Advice – 26 October / 1 Nov

Big Energy Saving Week

Mon 26 Oct  – Sun 1 Nov 2015

The BESW Launch event on 25th September saw the start of four weeks of activities leading up to the Citizens Advice’s Big Energy Saving Week on the 26th of October

This year, 2015, the CAB BESW campaign, Check, Switch, Save, will be coordinated across the SouthWest by Citizens Advice Plymouth, LocalGen (based at the Home Energy Centre, Ilminster) in Somerset and Cornwall Community Council.
..In Somerset,other entities will also act as information hubs, including Transition groups, holding events and activities in the run up and during the Week and through out Somerset among  those entities

The campaign will help householders across the UK reduce their energy bills by checking they are on the best deal, switching tariff or supplier and saving energy by taking control of their heating and electricity. Free advice is available throughout the week over the phone, online and at events across the UK

Put your event on the map !
Register your BESW event by completing this
short form
click here...

Grant assistance is available, up to £100
To apply for a grant  to cover event resources cost info display board
click here

To request resources for your event
click here

The key message to householders during Big Energy Saving Week is to

Check, Switch and Save..

Check that you are not paying too much for your fuel. Simple changes like paying by direct debit and switching to online bills rather than paper copies can save up to £100 each year altogether. Also make sure if you are on a low income that you receive the appropriate money to cover your bills. Cold Weather Payments in winter and the Winter Fuel Allowance for pensioners can go a long way towards making fuel more affordable.  If you are having difficulties paying your bill you may be eligible for a grant to help.

Check your meter regularly to make sure you are paying the right amount.  If estimates are being used, you could be due a significant refund, or you may be building up arrears on your account without realising it.

Check a prepayment meter regularly throughout the year..16% of households have a prepayment meter and this is set to rise significantly.  15% of prepayment meter customers have self-disconnected at some point.

Switching providers could save you money.  Energy suppliers are legally required to inform you if they have a tariff that would be cheaper for you, but other companies could be cheaper. If you have never switched before then this could save up to £200 each year. If you heat your home with oil, consider joining an oil-club to save money by purchasing in bulk with others.

Saving energy is the easiest way to cut down on costs and emissions.  Turning things off when you are not using them and only heating your house when you are there can save up to £130 each year and 500kg of CO2.  A lot of heat escapes through the walls and the roof, so better insulation could save £320 every year, and reduce carbon emissions by 1.3 tonnes.

EV Meets 2015 – Wellington – Sat 19 Sept

..Saturday 19 September, Wellington, Somerset..
On display will be the all-electric Nissan Leaf..
EV owners of these popular
electric family saloons will be happy to chat

about their cars and their views about EV driving and its future…

Take a test drive..!

Today’s Electric Vehicles – Future Classic Vehicles ?

The Age of EV is here..the end of the I C E* Age is near !

Come along and celebrate it at the EV Meet

All EV owners welcome to bring their car and

take part in the Meet, entry is free….

..kindly help the arrangements by pre-registering your name for a Meet space..     

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Charge point available for visiting EV’s

Contact: 01823 667511

Location: Taunton Vale House, Summerfield Way,

Chelston Business Park, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9JE

Entry open to all, free, Refreshments available


(PV) + (EV) = (-CO2) ..the winning formula

for reducing your household’s carbon emissions..

If you already have PV on your home or are considering it,

find out at the EV Meet  how to use PV

to power your EV and get zero fuel costs

while reducing your carbon footprint

ICE = *Internal Combustion Engine

EV Meet 2015 – Ilminster June 14

..Come along to the EV Meet at the Classic Vehicle Show.
..14 June, Ilminster, Somerset..
EV owners will show the Nissan Leaf, the Tesla, and other popular
electric family saloons and will be happy to chat

about their cars and their views about EV driving and its future…

Today’s Electric Vehicles –   Future Classic Vehicles ?

The Age of EV is here..the end of the I C E* Age is near !

Come along and celebrate it at the:

EV Meet at the Classic Vehicle Show

at the

Ilminster Midsummer Experience, Ilminster

Sunday morning 14 June 2015

All EV owners welcome to bring their car and

take part in the Meet, entry is free….

..kindly help the arrangements by pre-registering your name for a Meet space..      Please reserve me a space at the Ilminster Classic Vehicle Show on Sunday 14th June 2015

Charge point available for visiting EV’s

Entry open to all, free, Refreshments available

(PV) + (EV) = (-CO2) ..the winning formula

for reducing your household’s carbon emissions..

If you already have PV on your home or are considering it,

find out at the EV Meet  how to use PV

to power your EV and get zero fuel costs

while reducing your carbon footprint

ICE = *Internal Combustion Engine


Isle Valley Community Energy CIC

Isle Valley Community Energy CIC
To many citizens it is clear now that in the coming years communities themselves will have to take on more projects that care for and develop a local community’s infrastructure and development.

It is no longer going to be sufficient to rely on a Local Authority, they say, because of resource restrictions, to undertake necessary projects for their local area to any greater extent than they are statutorily obliged to do..Yet, there continues to be changes in the needs of citizens, both for themselves and their households and for the local community in which they live.

A community-based social enterprise can serve as an entity to carry out and progress many necessary projects that would otherwise probably never happen.
Types of those projects include, among others, transport, energy use in the home and sustainability of food supply.
The Isle Valley Community Energy CIC is in formation in the market town of Ilminster, South Somerset to undertake projects in the home energy area, and is embarking on an energy-efficiency and renewable energy initiative in January 2015 to enable households in the Isle Valley area to reduce their energy bills, increase their comfort and well-being and to reduce their carbon footprint, looking at the same time as being able to assist households to also assist the Local Authority to meet its 2016 carbon emission reduction quota.

Reduce your carbon footprint

The home's carbon emissions

Carbon emissions from your Lifestyle – Home, Transport and Holidays

Knowing your carbon footprint helps you understand your impact on the environment – and, more importantly, find easy ways to reduce that impact

Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere because of the electricity and fuel you use. It’s measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2)..

The UK produces some 500 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Some of this is produced by business and industry – but around 27% comes directly from household energy use.

Take 2 tons off your carbon footprint .. The average UK household’s carbon footprint is 12 tons/year..Energy use in the home accounts for around 4.5 tonnes per household, and that’s not  including emissions from the household’s transport usage -it’s just the home itself..

Your household’s carbon footprint mostly depends on:

  • how much energy you use to heat your home
  • the electronics and appliances you use
  • what kind of transport you use day-to-day
  • how often you fly

The UK is obliged under the terms of  the international agreements to which it has signed up  to reduce UK’s carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. To help make that happen, each UK household needs to work towards a reduction of 2 tons in its  carbon footprint

Ways to reduce your household’s carbon footprint