The West Somerset Energy Fair

Winter is coming and fuel bills are going up. So find out how to save energy and save money at the Western Somerset  Energy Fair in Minehead.

On Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September, the Minehead Eye will be the place to be. The Fair, to be opened on Friday at 10am by Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, will host companies from across the South West displaying their insulation, renewable and energy saving products.

Do you want to know how to make your house warmer, and save money? Do you want to find out how solar photovoltaic panels on your roof produce electricity which saves on your electricity bills and earns you money? Do you want to know how a biomass boiler works? Would you like to know what grants are available? You can find the answers to all these and more at the Energy Fair. Come and listen to expert speakers – the programme is on our websites – and talk to the local environmental groups which help people to save energy. Watch a biomass boiler in action. Try out an electric bicycle. Find out what is happening locally. And there will be hands-on activities for children supplied by the science museum At-Bristol.

During the two days there will be a programme of talks given by experts from around the country, all free. At 11 on Friday morning Ian Bright, director of the Totnes Renewable Society will talk on Energy Now – what’s happening nationally and locally. In the afternoon the focus will be on Community Energy; at 2 o’clock Tim Stokes from Exmoor National Park will tell us about the Low Carbon programme and the renewables that have been installed in community buildings in the last year, followed by Gareth Hoskins of the Brendon Energy project.

Friday evening talks focus on renewables. At 7pm there will be an introduction to renewables from GreenThinking, of Cullompton. This will be followed at 7.45 by presentations on solar technologies by Rainbow Renewables, and biomass boilers by Fair Energy.

On Saturday morning at 10, Philip Morris from the Centre for Sustainable Energy will talk about the Energy Efficient House. This is where you’ll find out about insulation, how to save money on your energy bills, and what grants are  available. Finally Victoria Eynon from National Energy Action will tell us about air source heat pumps, how they work and what to look out for.

‘This will be the place to come to answer all your energy queries, and to find out the best ways to save energy – and money – in your home’ says Lorna Scott of Forum 21, one of the organisers of the Fair. ‘This is the first time all this expertise has been gathered together under one roof in Western Somerset.’

Forum 21 and Transition MInehead and Alcombe have worked together to bring this event to the Minehead Eye, which will be full to bursting with stands and activities. The café will be open throughout the Fair, from 10am to 9pm on Friday and 10am to 1pm on Saturday.