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
Cae Post Recycling Services – Knighton Area
Cae Post continue to expand their commercial collections. They already have some business in Knighton and district and are keen to develop it. They now offer a 'one stop shop' service collecting all recycling including food plus general waste residuals. This is available to all businesses and private individuals especially those who do bed and breakfast or holiday lets and who are now required to prove that they dispose of the waste appropriately. Their charges are very competitive.
See www.caepost.co.uk or phone Sue Packer on 01938 570426 for more information.
Light Foot Raises Awareness of Smart Meters
Light Foot has just completed a project to raise awareness in the Marches area of the national roll out of smart meters. We held a series of events in local towns and villages including Bishop’s Castle, Kington, Knighton, Llandrindod Wells, Lydham and Presteigne - speaking to over 270 people. In Llandrindod Wells we were ably assisted by Llandrindod Transition Group.
Over the next four years, all householders will be offered smart meters to replace the traditional electricity and gas meters we currently have in our homes. The awareness raising events helped 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 will mean an end to under- and over-estimated bills. Householders will also be provided with an in-home display that gives real-time information on energy usage in pounds and pence. By learning more about how energy is used in their home, householders will be able to spot wasted energy and take action to reduce their gas and electricity consumption, saving money and making them warmer and healthier in their homes.
We were very pleased to receive some funding from Smart Energy GB to tell local people about the new smart meters that are coming out. There are particular benefits for prepayment customers, who will no longer have to pay a premium for this payment method and who will get a lot more information on their energy use, credit level and any debt that is being paid through the meter.
New Energy Advice Drop In
Wild about Woods
Wild about Woods is Lightfoot's new Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) funded project.
We shall be bringing people, both the general public and students from Bishop’s Castle Community Collge into woodlands to demonstrate the richness and diversity of the environment, whilst training them to conserve the landscape and to manage and utilise the woodland sustainably.
The events will introduce participants to the theory and practice of woodland management, giving them a greater appreciation of how we can utilise woodlands for the sustainable growth of products, such as wood fuel, whilst protecting and enhancing biodiversity. After working with us on this project, the increased knowledge and skills of the participants will, we hope, inspire them to get involved in further practical conservation volunteering - bringing more small woodlands back into management.
We shall organise three days of community woodland management training over autumn/winter 2017 with Gary Cowell, a qualified coordinator, and local volunteers. This will contribute towards the sustainable management and conservation at The Hurst John Osborne Arvon Centre, Clun, and result in the production of firewood, of which 80% will be available to the volunteers and 20% to the Hurst.
We shall also work with Bishop’s Castle Community College both on a day in July 2017 and on fortnightly enrichment sessions in the autumn, visiting various local woodlands. With the students we shall explore what woods have done for us and what we can do for woods. Why are woods where they are? What lives in a wood? What can we eat that grows in a wood? We will be building shelters, learning about getting fuel for heating, and selling wood for construction and fuel. Practical skills learnt will be helping with cutting down trees, clearing brush and storing the wood and identifying trees and plants in the wood. We shall encourage students to think about careers in woodland activities of all sorts.
For more information please contact Dave Thomlinson on 01588 640550.
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