Energy Sense: We all use energy every minute of the day. Some things are essential like eating, breathing and moving! Most uses of energy can be modified to reduce consumption, reduce wasted energy and importantly create energy in a sustainable way.

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Energy: Buildings and Transport

Our houses could be more efficient with better insulation coupled with controlled ventilation giving more control over our usage. Our housing stock is one of the worst in Europe for leaky, badly insulated buildings. Government has recognised this and will provide, in many cases, grants to help cut energy waste, improve people’s comfort and save them money all at the same time. A well insulated property with solar panels and a heat pump will use very little precious energy with little of the pollution that fossil fuels emit. The earth is warming and the  need to reverse this is now a matter of urgency.

In this category, we aim to provide links to some of the organisations and projects who are there to advise and help the public in this important field. 

Check out our Resources for more information.

News

A Few New Mentors

A Few New Mentors

As part of our mission to connect community groups with support and inspiration, we’ve been expanding our base of mentors to encompass a wide range of knowledge and experience - read on for an introduction to a few of them.

January 29, 2024
Change Makers: Thermal Imaging Cameras

Change Makers: Thermal Imaging Cameras

The year got off to a flying start with a Change Makers event that proved so popular we had to change venue! Almost thirty attendees joined us in Totnes to understand more about the possibilities of using thermal imaging cameras with community groups.

January 15, 2024
Sustainable South Hams in 2023

Sustainable South Hams in 2023

Our recent Christmas Celebration gave us the chance to hear about some of your proudest achievements from 2023, and was also a reminder of how much has happened for Sustainable South Hams in the last year! Read on for a round up of where we’re at now, what we’re looking forward to, and the wide range of things we’ve been up to.

December 22, 2023

Groups

Energy Wise

Energy Wise

We have run energy fairs & education events. We are now running a Community Energy Champion Training.

Less than 5
Volunteers
Project Cost
Moor Imagination Collective

Moor Imagination Collective

Moor Imagination Collective has been created to facilitate the acquisition, development and running of Buckfastleigh Methodist Church as a community hub.

5-20
Volunteers
CIC
Project Cost
Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC)

Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC)

We have been involved with 47 solar PV projects (Commercial & domestic) & are a delivery partner and share holder in Totnes Weir Hydro. Projects include - The Shine Project - Fuel Poverty project with SDRHA to install solar PV across 42 tenanted properties, resident receive solar electricity for free.

5-20
Volunteers
Other
Project Cost

Projects

Host Climate and Nature Event with Local Sustainability Groups

Host Climate and Nature Event with Local Sustainability Groups

A joint project led by SMASH with speakers, stalls and networking opportunities

5-20
Volunteers
<£5k
Project Cost
Build Community with a New Hub

Build Community with a New Hub

Moor Imagination Collective intend to develop a community hub in Buckfastleigh

20+
Volunteers
£50k +
Project Cost
Engage your Community with a Nature & Climate Fair

Engage your Community with a Nature & Climate Fair

Village summer Fair for South Brent with a focus on sustainability

20+
Volunteers
£5k - £50k
Project Cost