Welcome to Lightfoot's website
We are dedicated to helping people to make changes in the way they use energy, staying warm and saving money. There is more need than ever for good, reliable and impartial energy efficiency information & encouragement, with evidence of rising fuel poverty and carbon emissions.
Mandy Brick is our part-time co-ordinator, organising our activities and projects with tireless good heartedness and efficiency. We have a team of 40 volunteers across SW Shropshire and adjoining parts of Powys and Herefordshire. Roles range from energy surveyors to board members.
In recent times we have:
- Run a woodstoves project, enabling people to improve wood seasoning and get the best from their stoves;
- Re-surveyed 600 of our original clients on the Welsh side of the border;
- Run a three day Open Eco-homes event in Presteigne featuring new builds as well as retrofitted homes;
- Piloted energy diaries in schools in Berriew, Arddleen and Llanidloes, involving children in awareness of energy efficiency;
- Run a quiz evenings at local WIs.
- Worked with Cwm Harry Land Trust in Newtown running stalls in a charity shop (YMCA) and in the street to raise energy awareness, give advice and gather insight into fuel poverty, while promoting CH’s repair cafe.
We continue to offer independent, impartial and expert household energy surveys. With these we provide invaluable advice and information, helping you to prioritise actions and get the best results for your home and your budget. Only £60!
Please browse our website to find out more about energy efficiency and renewable energy – what you can do and how we can help you to do it.
Latest News and Upcoming Events
Spring Greens Fair: Marches Local Environment & Energy Fair
Spring Greens 2017 once again to be held at Court of Noke on the weekend of the 29th and 30th of April (early May bank holiday weekend). Full details here.
Spring Greens Fair is a family-friendly sustainability event for mutual education, training and the demonstration of innovative skills and ideas.
New Energy Advice Drop In
Home Battery Storage
Tuesday 28th March at Church Stretton Methodist Chuirch Hall.
A talk by Mike Collison from ESP Energy will examine battery technology to store energy from your solar electric panels to use in the evenings.
For further information contact Stretton Climate Care
Press Release December 2016
Light Foot Enterprises has been chosen by Smart Energy GB to help with the roll-out of smart meters in the Marches area. Over the next few years, smart meters will replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. Light Foot is running a series of events in local towns to help people to understand what smart meters are, how to get one installed, and how they will help them to control their energy use. The new meters provide householders with accurate bills – putting an end to estimated bills – and near real time information on energy usage in pounds and pence. There are particular benefits for prepayment customers, who will no longer have to top up at a shop or pay a premium for this payment method. Through having a greater understanding of how much energy their home is using, householders will be able to identify where energy is being wasted and can take action to reduce their gas and electricity consumption - and make them warmer and healthier in their homes.
Look out in the local press for details of an event near you.
Assessment by Energy Saving Trust
Light Foot Enterprises, the energy conservation charity working on the Powys/Shropshire border, sends its warmest congratulations to Mandy Brick, their coordinator, for successfully completing an assessment by The Energy Saving Trust and has met their advice standards. You will now be seeing The Energy Saving Trust logo alongside Light Foot’s logo. The Energy Saving Trust is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the government and the private sector providing information and advice on energy efficiency. For more details visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
News Update July 2016
Dave Green has produced a briefing on the latest developments with Green Deal, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) programme, the Feed in Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive. A copy of his report is available to download.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change have produced a Consultation Document on the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) programme. A copy of this is also available to download.
News Update June 2016
Zer-0% Interest Loans available to Powys Homeowners Now!
Ground Source & Air Source Heat Pumps Now Qualify for Loans Of Up To 10k - Completely Interest Free.
Spread the costs for up to 5 years, or less if you prefer.
*Also* Are you off-grid and having to use your costly generator on a daily basis?
Why not consider lowering those costs & use clean electricity from Solar PV?
Powys Council has now included MCS accredited off-grid systems into the list of measures eligible for interest free loans.
*STOP PRESS – Major Scoop!!
Replacement & Back-up Storage Solar PV Batteries are now covered under the scheme with interest free loans of up to 5k per household.
These can be added to most existing arrays as well as new PV installs, which also qualify for loans of up to 5k
*AND* Is it too costly for you to link up with the mains water supply?
Zer-0% interest loans of up to 5k are also available for Septic Tanks, Sewerage & Water Treatment Units.
PRESS RELEASE MAY 2016
Light Foot Enterprises is very pleased to announce that their Coordinator Mandy Brick has been appointed as a Peer Practitioner Mentor for Renew Wales. Renew Wales was set up by a group of community practioners to help community groups tackle the causes and impacts of climate change through advice, training, mentoring and technical support from other experienced Community Practitioners. They do this through their coordinators connecting with community groups across Wales to motivate, inspire, and demonstrate what can be done and help communities make their own priorities for action through talks, workshops and focus groups.
Light Foot Enterprises Registered charity number 1154310. Registered Company 6494228
Correspondence address: 2 Church Street, Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5AA