The Energy Saving Trust provides valuable guidance on choosing the right type of renewable energy system for your needs and circumstances. Advice leaflets are also available from the SEACS Project Toolkit, joint-funded by the EU and Devon County Council.
If you use a wood-burning stove or open fire you can minimise the amount of fuel burned and smoke created by following the advice and videos from the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps about fuel selection, lighting and managing the fire.
The Energy Saving Trust explains the various forms of incentives and financial support available to householders, community organisations and businesses. This support includes:
- Feed-in Tarrifs (FiTs) for renewable electricity systems
- Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for renewable heating systems
The advent of FiTs has led many installation companies to approach householders, businesses and other organisations with offers of ‘Free solar PV’ schemes. These commonly involve the installer receiving the FiT payments, whilst the building/site owner benefits from reduced electricity bills.Whilst such offers appear advantageous to the customer, you should weigh up the pros and cons carefully, and take account of guidance from reputable sources.
Devon County Council is supporting community energy groups by providing online tools, such as the Community Energy Legal Toolkit , and support programmes. Further information on the Community Energy page.
The extent of renewable energy capacity and generation in Devon, as of March 2017, is available in the 2016-17 Renewable Energy Progress Report. This includes the district authority areas of East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, and West Devon.