Melbourne Transition Launches with Energy Efficiency Savings of more than £160,000

More than 300 shoppers turned out for energy saving freebies at the recent launch of a new local Transition initiative despite bad weather.
Melbourne Transition launched on 30th November with a visit from an energy saving exhibition trailer, Fantastic Home, to the carpark of a local supermarket.  With help from staff from South Derbyshire District Council and local charity Marches Energy Agency, the group gave away items such as TV powerdowns ans save-a-flush bags to more than 300 shoppers to the supermarket.  These items will save shoppers a collective £160, 368 over their lifetime’s use and will also save 336,058kg of carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere.
Kris McGowan of MEA said:
‘This was a very busy event despite the sub zero temperatures and occasional horizontal snow. There was a great buzz and a high level of interest.’
As well as receiving freebies a number of people were referred through the local insulation scheme or will be receiving quotes for renewables:
‘There was significant interest in solar photovoltaics, with a group of people interested in setting up a group buying scheme. These have been referred to a number of reputable installers and should be receiving a visit shortly.’

Supermarket Shoppers to Save Money Everyday on Their Energy Bills

 Shoppers at a new supermarket recently received free energy saving devices which will save them more than £100,000 on their energy bills thanks to a visit from the Fantastic Homes trailer.
The exhibition trailer, whose staff offer advice on energy efficiency and renewables, spent the day at the new ASDA store in Langley Mill on 19th November.
Around 250 shoppers received advice as well as free devices ranging from low energy lightbulbs and TV powerdowns to save-a-flush devices for toilets and showertimers to help them save water as well as energy. These items will collectively save shoppers more than £100,000 on their energy bills over their lifetime’s use.
Sarah Meredith from MEA, who spent the day working with staff from Amber Valley Borough Council, said:
‘The vast majority of visitors were concerned with saving energy costs but we also had enquiries about energy saving advice for the home and water saving issues, with many visitors having water meters.’

Local MP Powers Lightbulbs with Bicycle

Nigel Mills, MP for Amber Valley, took his turn on the Energy Bike at a recent Fantastic Home event in Ripley Market Square.
The Fantastic Home exhibition trailer, including the Energy Bike, was in Ripley on a cold, foggy market day to give out advice on energy efficiency and renewables. Despite the weather around 100 people approached the stall for advice as well as free energy saving devices such as TV and computer powerdowns and water saving devices, showersaves and savaflushes. In using these giveaways they will collectively save almost £65,000 over the life time of the devices.
Sarah Meredith, Project Manager for MEA said:
‘The TV and computer Powerdowns proved very popular, with the majority of visitors taking one... Many visitors had done little to conserve water in the past so were interested in the devices for showers, taps and toilets. There was also some interest in the Feed in Tariffs and the new Renewable Heat Incentive as well as enquiries regarding insulation.’


West Bridgford Residents Power Lights at Christmas Event

The turning on of the West Bridgford Christmas lights got a boost from some local children who used good old-fashioned leg power to light up some low energy lightbulbs attached to an Energy Bike.
The bike was at the event with the Fantastic Home exhibition trailer which gave away advice on energy efficiency and free devices to almost 300 people.
Kris McGowan of Marches Energy Agency said:
‘The children got very excited with the challenge of lighting nine low energy bulbs on the energy bike, which as the day drew on and lighting faded, had an even bigger drawing effect.’
The Christmas lights were turned on at 5pm, but the trailer was one of a number of stalls which were present for the whole day.
It was also used to promote a local renewable scheme which helps people get quotes for solar panels for their homes. A number of visitors to the exhibition had questions about solid wall insulation and how to make older properties more energy efficient.
Free devices given away included powerdowns which turn TVs and computers off standby and showersaves which also save water. People who took the freebies will make collective savings of more than £60,000 over the lifetime’s use of the products. They will prevent more than 100,000 tonnes of harmful CO2 gases from being emitted into the atmosphere.

Community Groups Gather to Tackle Climate Change

More than 70 local people gathered at a conference in Mansfield last weekend to share ideas and experience of how communities can tackle climate change. Living for Tomorrow was a free event organised by Marches Energy Agency on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Climate Change Partnership. It allowed community group members from across the city and county to share ideas and meet with organisations which can support them.

Workshops covered a range of topics from how to set up a community-owned renewable or a community-run allotment to how to help your town go plastic bag free or organise local produce markets. Many of the workshops were provided by community group members themselves.
Inspirational keynote speakers came from community groups further afield and included Mike Kinghan, a member of Whittington and Fisherwick Environmental Group, which has helped 15 people to install solar thermal panels on their homes. Helena Cooke and Nick Green of Incredible Edible Todmorden talked about their group’s efforts to create community vegetable patched in locations as diverse as public parks and supermarket car parks!
Kaye Brennan of Netherfield Eco Action Team said:
‘It’s wonderful to be recognised and invited to share our experience with others at this level. We hope we have inspired others to try the same.’
Hugh Mclintock of the Nottingham-based cycling group Pedals described the day as: ‘a very successful and enjoyable event.’
Rob Crowder of Rural Community Action Network Nottinghamshire chaired the event and felt that ‘People went away inspired.’
Caroline Harmon of Marches Energy Agency said:
‘We’re really pleased that so many people were able to attend and to go away feeling empowered to keep acting to tackle climate change. So many groups in the area are taking initiative at community level, it’s great to be able to bring them all together to share their experiences.’
For some delegates the day began with a guided cycle ride from Mansifeld Town train station courtesy of members of Pedals, the Nottingham-based cycle group.