Energy Savers at Home


Have you reduced your bills by conserving energy or generating it from a renewable source? If the answer is yes, your community needs you!

Transition Tavistock and the Tamar Valley AONB team are planning an event where the public can visit homeowners to find out what they have done, have a chat about the costs and benefits, and consider how measures might work in their own homes. The dates are likely to be Sunday 12th February for Tavistock and surrounding villages, with a follow-up covering the wider Tamar Valley on Saturday 10th March.

Simon Bates, from the Cordiale project, based at the Tamar Valley AONB office, says, “Open home events are attended by thousands of people every year in areas like Bristol, Crediton and Stroud. Experience has shown that they lead to action – as many as 83% of visitors are responding, taking practical steps to improve energy efficiency in their own homes”.

Kate Royston from Transition Tavistock says, “We have been very encouraged by the success of our growing community of home owners sharing experiences. Energy Savers at Home is our next step to support wider adoption locally.”

The aim of the Cordiale project is to make the landscape and community more resilient to extreme weather events, rising fuel, fertiliser and energy costs. The project was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

If you have conserved or reduced energy, or generated your own energy from a renewable source, and would be willing to open your home to encourage others to do the same, please contact Simon Bates, Cordiale Project Officer (07792 484049,, or Kate Royston, Transition Tavistock (07969 569444,

Ideas include;

Energy conservation measures for the building
– Draught proofing and exclusion
– Insulation (lofts, roofs, walls, windows and glazing)
– Ventilation and heat recovery
– Efficient heating and hot water systems (boilers, thermostats, controls)
– Design for solar gain, thermal mass, daylight

Energy reduction measures by the occupants
– Behaviour change and energy management (switching it off, energy monitors and measurement, dressing for the season)
– Low energy bulbs and lighting
– Efficient kitchen and household appliances
– Any other electricity saving devices and innovations

Renewable energy generation
– Electricity (‘green’ energy suppliers, hydro-power, solar PV, wind turbines)
– Combined heat and power
– Space and water heating (wood stoves and boilers, solar thermal – hot water, air and ground source heat pumps)

Notes to Editors:

Images are available. Please contact Simon Bates – 07792 484049,

Diagram attached from Energy Saving Trust, illustrating energy lost from the home, and how to take measures to reduce such loss.

Transition Tavistock

In response to decreasing oil supplies, global climate change and the challenging economic climate Transition Tavistock seeks to bring the community together by sharing knowledge and practical ideas to use less energy, fewer resources and reduce costs.
Our goal is to help build a strong and self supporting community for Tavistock and surrounding areas, seizing the opportunity to bring about a more sustainable and better future.
We encourage local sourcing of goods and services which help stimulate local employment, minimise our carbon footprint and retain money within the community.
Our growing book of community stories provides examples of energy saving, renewable energy generation and local food growing initiatives, among others, and is a valuable resource helping to lower the barriers and encourage others to have a go!

For more information contact Kate Royston, Transition Tavistock on 07969-569-444 or email (

• The Tamar Valley AONB is working with teams from other protected landscapes in southwest England and northwest France to find ways to adapt in the face of future challenges.
Global project aims:
a. To build deeper understanding of the distinctive character of landscapes in the cross-border region.
b. To inspire stakeholders and communities to engage with landscapes in the cross-border region.
c. To promote the multiple benefits provided by landscapes in the cross-border region.
d. To support integrated decision-making.

The project aims for TV AONB
a. To show people how the landscape has evolved over time
b. To enhance the unique character of the Valley, e.g. by re-establishing orchards
c. To work with people in four parishes (Bere Ferrers, Buckland Monachorum, Calstock and St Dominic) to look at using the land in ways that would help us cope with climate change and rising fuel and food prices
d. To reveal the full value of our landscape, e.g. by calculating how much fuel could be harvested sustainably from woods and hedges
• For more information contact Simon Bates, Cordiale Project Officer, on 07792-484049 or email

• The main aim of the Tamar Valley AONB team is to protect and enhance the landscape of this special area.
• It is a partnership of Cornwall and Devon County Councils, South Hams District Council, West Devon Borough Council, Plymouth City Council and Natural England.
• The AONB team supports the work of the Tamar Valley Partnership – a forum of government and non-government bodies working for the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
• For further details please contact Charlotte Dancer (Information & Communications Officer) on 01822 835030, or email
• Natural England helps protect our finest landscapes – Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Heritage Coasts and National Parks – through legislation.
• We must all work together to protect our finest countryside