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Tamar Energy Fest is back for 2021, but this time as part of the South West Energy Hub's COP26 Regional Roadshows, and it's bigger than ever.

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Tamar Energy Community (TEC), West Devon Borough Council, as well as other community groups and councils from across Devon, joined with Devon Climate Emergency to submit a group bid to the South West Energy Hub to include Devon based events as part of the Energy Hub's COP26 Regional Roadshow.

Tamar Energy Fest is one of the roadshows and it offers support to residents in reducing their carbon footprint by giving advice on how to save money on energy bills and home retrofit work, amongst other things.

This year's event is at the Butchers' Hall in Tavistock on Saturday 13 November from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The free, family friendly event, suitable for all ages, will have a mixture of fun activities, advice stands and displays. It will also feature exhibitors providing information about how to make homes warm and cosy and businesses more energy efficient. You can learn how to save money by reducing your energy bills, how to generate your own energy and what you can do to reduce your carbon impact and progress to net zero.

There will be a number of talks about sustainable and energy efficient homes for both old and new properties, activities for children and adults alike, along with the all-important refreshments to take a breather.

Running alongside the event, TEC is relaunching its Open Homes network of householders prepared to share their home improvement and build stories. This will be supported by the launch of the Warmer Bedford Cottages Residents' Guide at the Energy Fest.

COP26 Regional Roadshows are supported and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through the five regional Energy Hubs. These events will help to motive and inspire people to join the race to net zero and cut their carbon emissions.

Cllr Lynn Daniel, West Devon Borough Council's Lead Member for Growing Our Natural Environment, said: "We've worked really hard as a partnership with other councils and groups to show how we're reducing our carbon footprint collectively and it is great to have been recognised for that.

"As a Council, we're really delighted to be part of the South West Energy Hub who are supporting one of the COP26 Regional Roadshows. The Tamar Energy Fest is such a fantastic event. Events like these help local people realise what they can do to reach net zero by buying LED bulbs, talking to experts about renewable heat and power and finding out all the ways they can reduce and improve energy savings at home to live sustainably."

Transition Tavistock, Tavistock Community Gardening and many others will also be on hand with activities and options for more sustainable living.

Kate Royston, Director and Energy Advisor, Tamar Energy Community, said: "We're looking forward to welcoming people back to Butchers' Hall on Saturday 13.  It's a great opportunity to connect again face to face. We all face our own challenges as we endeavour to reduce the impact we have on the planet and balance this with our daily lives. Our homes, our travel and energy consumption are an important part of that challenge. Tamar Energy Fest will be offering ideas and advice for action. Please come along and join us."

The South West Energy Hub supports Tamar Energy Fest. The SW Energy Hub works across the region to increase the number, quality and scale of local energy projects being delivered as we work together towards net zero.

Find out more at SW Energy Hub

Issued 02 November 2021

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