Supporting communities in Somerset

CSE helps new community groups in Somerset

1 October 2010

CSE’s community team have been busy in Somerset this month as they helped to establish one new community group whilst another hosted its first energy event.

In Taunton, the Dean Energy Saver Scheme (DESS) has been set up in collaboration between CSE and Forum 21 with the aim of carrying out energy checks on homes, assisting the fuel poor, reducing energy bills and carbon emissions, and helping to increase the level of benefits take up. Eleven volunteers have so far been trained to provide free, unbiased and totally independent information and advice to householders in Taunton and its surrounding villages.

The DESS team are from a diverse range of industries, but all have a passion about saving money, reducing carbon emissions and improving the environment. They are able to give advice on money saving tips by reviewing the way energy is consumed in the household.

This advice can range from simple DIY and lifestyle changes to reducing energy usage; from the installation of loft and wall insulation to the upgrading of heating systems and controls; right through to the installation of more complex issues such as solar thermal panels, heat source pumps and PV panels.

If you live in the Taunton Deane area and think the DESS team could help to you, please book your free survey by calling 01823 321667, or email

Meanwhile, further north, Transition Portishead hosted its inaugural event – ‘Save money, save energy, save the planet’ – in a successful attempt to boost interest in energy efficiency in the North Somerset town.

Set up earlier this year, and already signed up to CSE’s Warm Streets Communities scheme, Transition Portishead’s launch was described by one of CSE’s advisors as “brilliant”. Dozens of people visited the town’s Somerset Hall to see a selection of exhibitors, listen to presentations (energy efficiency and renewable energy), and take part in a number of activities, including some specially for children.

CSE advisors were also on hand and spoke to around 100 people over the course of the day, answering questions and offering advice on renewables, the feed-in tariff, low energy lighting, insulation, energy monitoring and getting the best deal from your fuel supplier.

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