Free Heat Pumps (October 2020)

North Yorkshire County Council has secured funding for energy efficient central heating in a major part of our area of operation.

Funding is available to finance the installation of 200 Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) in fuel poor households located in Hambleton, Richmondshire and Ryedale Districts, and Scarborough Borough. The funding is targeting properties that do not have an existing gas, oil or LPG central heating system and are located away from the gas network. Residents of the household must have a combined income of £21,000 or less with one member receiving at least one from a long list of state benefits.

Details of the scheme are given on the web page North Yorkshire Heat Pumps Project by the partner organisation Communitas Energy CIC. The web page has links to further details from the four district councils in the project area. Approximately 50 households can be helped in each council area of a first come first served basis. If this scheme would suit you it is worth inquiring and getting an application in as soon as you can.

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Apple Pressing 2020

Moor Sustainable has a good selection of apple pressing equipment from a project funded by the National Lotteries Community Fund last year. We have offered it for community loans this year.  There are a number of  events taking place throughout the region, including Hinderwell, Hutton-le-Hole, Great Ayton and Glaisdale. Due to Covid-19 these are small events and slots need to be booked beforehand to keep numbers below 6 at a time; there will also usually be a small charge.  Please email Clare Churley or tel 01947 840780 or 07866 235466 for more details.

Of particular interest might be the event on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October organised by Ryedale Folk Museum. Slots can be booked for this event via their website.

Apple pressing 2019

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New Green Homes Grant available from late September

The £2 billion available for the Green Homes Grant will fund energy saving measures for over 600,000 homes in England. It is more generous than previous similar schemes so is a good opportunity for anyone thinking of improving the energy efficiency of their homes. Insulation and other measures to improve the efficiency of the use of energy will be supported, as will the provision of heat using solar panels or heat pumps.

For most people up to £5,000 will be available to fund two thirds of the costs involved, but the scheme is more generous for people on benefits. The government will issue vouchers for approved projects that can be used to buy installations from approved suppliers. Vouchers will be available from late September and the scheme is expected to last until March 2021.

Moor Sustainable has updated our website page on Financial support for energy saving and generation to explain how the scheme will work and to give you links to further details. With that information you will be able to start planning and contact suppliers so you could be ready to apply for your voucher as soon as the scheme becomes operational.

For those who do not yet have PV panels to generate electricity the same web page has been updated with the latest news on the Smart Export Guarantee that has replaced the Feed-in Tariff for new installations.

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Updated sections on biomass fuels

The current cold weather spell has spurred us to update our page on ‘Using wood pellets in a biomass boiler‘ and create a new page ‘Using logs for domestic heating‘ which covers the Government’s response to their consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood.

Relative domestic PM emissions
DEFRA Consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood 2018

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Delay to launch of Bug Trail

Unfortunately, Moor Sustainable’s planned launch of the ‘brass’ rubbing Bug Trail telling the story of Great Ayton’s High Street through the eyes of pollinators has been postponed due to coronavirus restrictions. However, preparations are continuing so that when the lockdown is lifted we can go ahead. The rubbing plaques have been designed by Dan Van der Toorn whose parents live in the village; posts are ready for installation by Thompsons Timberworks; and the accompanying leaflet, booklet, webpage on Visit Great Ayton, and app are being designed by Studio Botez. Members of the Great Ayton History Society have been helping with research and provided the photo showing an aerial view of High Green and the orchard that used to be behind Orchard House. Any idea when it was taken?

Moor Sustainable are gathering a collection of photos, on Instagram, of different pollinating insects spotted in Great Ayton to help illustrate the trail. If you manage to photograph pollinating insects including bees, beetles and butterflies on blossom it would be great if you could share and use the tags. #GreatAytonBugTrail #BrightenUpGreatAyton

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