With growing evidence on climate change and peak oil, and rising fuel prices, the need to seriously consider our energy consumption is becoming ever more urgent.

In the UK, households account for more than a quarter of total energy consumption and a typical household is wasting around a third of its energy supply by using energy less efficiently than it could.

We are being told that Tar Sand oil extraction and Fracking for gas will provide for us in the future - the risks and environmental damage that both these methods cause lead us at FoE to believe reduction in consumption and increased renewables is a better path to take.

Baart Harries Newall

have a speciality in low energy environmental design.

01743 361261

Bishops Castle Community Energy

Working on a woodheat scheme for the local community college but also open to other ideas

Carbon Trust

Energy saving and carbon reduction issues. Includes information on financial help available to organisations and businesses.

Centre for Alternative Technology

A pioneer in demonstrating greener building and living; lots of examples and education courses.

Well worth a visit, easy to get to by train.

Courses at CAT, either short weekend courses for a particular interest -
hands-on and theoretical
OR, to improve your career in the area of low-energy building

01654 705 950

Charlton and Jenrick Ltd

Here at Charlton & Jenrick Ltd we have been manufacturing and supplying to the fireplace industry for over 28 years.  We have a number of high quality brands of Gas Fires, Stoves and Fireplaces and supply throughout the country to specialist local independent fireplace retailers.

Unit D
Stafford Park 2
0845 415 4854

Chase Community Solar

Innovative community energy scheme putting PV on social housing 

Chimney Sheep

Great chimney draught excluders

Church Stretton Climate Care

registered charity, doing free domestic & business energy checks

Claus Best, Carpenter and energy asessor

Carpenter with experience of internal wall insulation using environmentally friendly products (eg pavatherm).
Claus's home in Bayston Hill is also part of the Superhomes network
Shrewsbury 871099

Claus is also an energy assessor and domestic Green Deal Advisor and a member of GDAM 

Clearview Stoves

Manufacture and sell wood stoves. The showroom is in a beautiful old house in the middle of Ludlow and is worth a visit on its own.

01584 878100

Cleobury Country Environment Forum

Active projects in the area

Cleobury Mortimer
01299 270562

Close the Door

Run a brilliant campaign to put a stop to heating pavements and wasting heat simply by persuading shops to close their doors!  The Carbon Trust says 54% of heat from a store is wasted, by going out of the door.  Research says that customers are prepared to open doors into shops, and that closed doors have a minimum impact of sales!

Continental Fires Ltd

Suppliers and installers of biomass systems.

Church Stretton
01694 724199

Crida Community Wind

Aims to establish a single medium-scale turbine on a windy ridge 3 miles west of Bridgnorth in Shropshire.  To be owned by members of the community, and going through a planning application.


d.light - Solar Aid

Bright solar lights, can be bought for use in the UK, when bought via Solar Aid, a charity, and each one we buy includes a donation of £10 distribute 2 solar lights to rural African families

to use instead of polluting kerosene lanterns or candles.

0207 278 0400

Daily Planet

Brings professionals, entrepreneurs and students interested in how the challenges of climate change are being turned into opportunities the latest news and inspiration.

Dave Green Energy Services

Local, independent energy advice, assessments and training. Home energy visits, advice on the 'Feed in Tarriffs' and 'Renewable heat Incentive',  thermal imaging, energy performance certificates, and 'Green Deal' reports available. Dave is also an ESOS Lead assessor and Technical Director of Green Deal Advice Midlands, a co-operative consortium of energy advisors.


01743 360055

David Gomersall, Architect.

Practical, innovative, environmentally- sensitive and energy efficient designs.

11, Victoria St
01743 353729


They are an environmental consultancy based in Shropshire, working on projects all over the UK.

Their speciality is providing guidance on environmental issues surrounding more technically demanding projects in the waste and renewable energy sectors.

Hilley Farm
nr Nescliffe
01743 343403

EcoGen Projects Ltd

Help communities develop wind projects – office in Shrewsbury.

0845 345 7731


Offer 'green' power

08000 326100

Efficient Light

Low energy bulbs in shapes and sizes – put ‘mea’ as discount code on web or phone for 5% discount and donation to local climate change charity.

0175 2695212


An inspiring Dutch scheme delivering deep retrofit to zero carbon for homes with minimal disruption and a unique financing scheme

Energy Saving Advice Line

Government run scheme

0300123 1234

Energy Saving Trust

Government-funded organisation promoting household energy saving with a useful website for information and advice.

Energy Share

Promotes and campaigns for renewable energy.

Very useful online facts about renewables.


Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme Assessors, an off shoot of the GDAM co-operative, 

ESP Energy

PV, biomass, heat pumps and solar hot water, local family firm


01743 718003

Extraglaze Ltd

Telford based, supplier manufacturer  of near-invisible glazing system. Ideal for buildings in 'conservation areas', 

01952 405550

Freiburg, Germany

This Sourh Western German city, of 220,000, has excellent and progressive policies on public transport, waste, lots of forms of sustainable energy, ecologically sound buildings, green spaces and lots more besides.    see:

GoGreen Systems

Local Solar PV installers, fitted the Shropshire Wildlife Trust HQ system

01743 367221

Good Energy

Offer 'green' power including gas

Only Good Energy offer 100% green electricity, the other two we have highlighted also have partial green tariffs.

0845 456 1640

Green Building Store

Supplies leading edge products for low energy buildings. Robust, practical solutions helping save energy and water including energy-efficient doors and windows, paints, insulation, etc.

W Yorks
01484 461705

Green Deal Advice Midlands Ltd (GDAM)

A co-operative consortium of Green Deal Advisors and energy assessors operating in the Midlands and North+Mid Wales.   Also setting up an Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) service for businesses with over 250 employees. Several members in Shropshire inc Dave Green and Claus Best.

Green Doors

Energy smart homes near you.  get practical, impartial advice.

Organised by Transition Town Shrewsbury. Note: Although this site has not been updated recently, the information given is very useful! (May 2017)

Green Energy

Offer 'green' power.


0845 456 9550

Green Shop

Natural paints, rainwater harvesting, (and a range of energy-saving devices).

Cheltenham Road
01452 770629

Heat Genius smart heat controls

Smart heating controls, worth considering in a larger property or where occupancy varies, based in the West Midlands

Household Energy Service - Lightfoot

Run by Lightfoot, a registered charity, based in Bishop’s Castle but also available elsewhere (see website) uses volunteers to do household energy surveys and carbon footprints.
Finalists in the national Big Green Challenge. Also offering thermal imaging and business energy surveys and arranging Eco Homes open days.

Intelligent Energy

Supply and fit wood fired boiler systems.

Also supply and fit solar thermal, PV and wind systems

Bishops Castle
01588 650657

J3 Building Futures

Environmental design and urban ecology consultancy. Specialists in retrofit, refurbishment, and re-purposing. Energy Audits & Feasibility Studies.

64 Bishop Street
07769 696624

Keep Shropshire Warm

Run by Marches Energy Agency, sometimes has very good deals on loft and cavity insulation.

01743 277123

Kevothermal Ltd

A Brimfield, Shropshire based company that manufactures vacuum formed high tech insulation panels, especially useful where space is critical.

(Used to be know as Nanopore)

01584 711333


Pure Leapfrog is the leading provider of social investment to community energy projects in the UK

Light Bulbs Direct

Online supplier of all types of light bulbs

0844 3249225 specialise in LED and energy saving lightbulbs

Little Wenlock Carbon Reduction Action Group

Helps locals reduce carbon

Llani Renewables

Install solar thermal and PV systems, wood boilers and heat pumps on domestic and commercial properties.

Fraithwen, Adfa,
Newtown, Powys
01686 722722


Neat solution for lofts so you can insulate well and still have storage, much better than alternatives found in big hardware stores

Lyco Direct

large range of all types of bulbs

Marches Energy Agency

Offer energy and carbon saving advice to businesses.

MEA aims to encourage three Ds :–
Demand reduction (using less),
Decarbonisation (low carbon sources of energy)
Decentralisation (more local energy production and supply)
Inspiring, educating and offering practical help to individuals, private and public sector organisations, so they first understand climate change and wider energy challenges, and then  become part of the solution.

01743 246007

Minimum Energy Requirement for Rented properties (MEES)

Minimum Energy Ratings from 2018 (MEES)

The Dept for Energy and Climate Change have confimed that "From 1 April 2018, private domestic and non-domestic landlords will need to ensure that their properties reach at least an E Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, or have installed those improvements that could be funded using available finance or subsidies available to pay for them, before granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants".

It has now been clarified that domestic landlords will not be expected to provide up front finance, but to gain an exemption from the requirement they will have to show that funding is not available, this may require an application to the Green Deal Finance company.

If full funding is available through GDFC or ECO or similar and;

a, the measures are not adversly affecting a historic property, or

b, a surveyor has not recommended the measures are not applied, or

c, the tenant has not refused a Green Deal loan,

then they will have to be carried out. It is up to the landlord then how to finance them, they could then use a Green Deal loan (whereby the tenant repays the loan) raise the money elsewhere or use their own funds.

Non domestic landlords may have to bear some up front costs if the measures show a reasonable pay back period.

Government guidance to the regulations and how they apply to both domestic and non domestic properties can be found here

These requirements will then apply to most private rented properties, including occupied properties - from April 2020 in the domestic sector and from April 2023 in the non-domestic sector.

GDAM and Dave Green Energy Services have set up MEES services.

National Energy Foundation

A national educational charity encouraging energy saving and renewable generation.

Natural Building Technologies

Sustainable building shell solutions.

The Hangar
01844 338338

Neen sollars community hydro

An up and running 12.5kW community hydro scheme

Nigel's Eco store

Stocks Double Sausage Draft excluders, great for internal doors,


-Nigel's Eco store has many other wonderful energy saving products

Organic Energy

Distributors and advisors for Okofen automatic wood pellet boilers.

Severn Road
01938 530 070

Owl energy monitors

Owl have a good range of energy monitors,

Passivhaus Trust

The Passivhaus Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard and methodology. Passivhaus is the leading international low energy, design standard. Over 65,000 buildings have been designed, built and tested to this standard worldwide.

The Trust aims to promote the principles of Passivhaus as a highly effective way of reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK, as well as providing high standards of comfort and building health.

Pavatex, wood fibre insulation boards

Claus Best and James Smith have experience of fitting these.

Penycoed Insulation

installers of Warmcel cellulose fibre from recycled newspaper and suppliers of Proclima airtightness products.

Pen y Lan
01938 500643

Peter Napier and Co

Chartered Building Surveyors who specialise in low energy building design and repair/reuse of historic buildings.

01743 792789

Precious Earth

Natural and renewable building materials and interior design. In new location which includes organic fruit and veg.

The Old Garage
West St
Knighton, Powys
01547 528 080

Princes LHS

Princes LHS T/A Princes Solar Energy are an established business who have been trading since 2004.

They also offer other energy saving products such as Heat Pumps, Thermal Stores, Home Batteries etc.

RW Hough

External wall insulation specialists based in Wrexham
01978 760544


Sharenergy is a Shrewsbury-based not-for-profit co-operative which helps to set up renewable energy co-operatives in the Marches and across the UK.

Sharenergy has provided advice and support to Shropshire co-operatives such as Neen Sollars Community Hydro, Crida Wind Co-operative, Ludford Hydro Co-operative and others.

For details of how to join an existing co-op or set up a new one see:


01743 277119

Shrewsbury Hydro

Community energy scheme initiated by Transition Shrewsbury. Planning application submitted April 2015, if the scheme comes to fruition a share issue will be available. 

Shropshire Insulations

provide loft, cavity and solid wall insulation

01952 505506

Simmonds Mills Architects

Specialise in designing energy efficient buildings, to AECB/ Passivhaus standards.  Contemporary / contextual / new-build / energy efficient retrofit expertise.

Also have a Hereford office (see link for details).

14 Bishop St
07817 516857

Slimlite glazing

Thin double glazing panels for heritage use.

Smart Energy Services

Claus Best

energy assessment and advice, Green Deal  assessment & advice, EPC and GDAR

01743 871099


Very handy plastic strip for stopping draughts from gaps in floorboards, under skirtings etc

Stretton Climate Care

Climate care action group. Great website.

Stretton Climate Care

Home energy surveys and carbon footprints using Act On CO2, plus electric bikes etc. Also works with businesses.

0752 8493181

tar sands and fracking

Fracking and Extreme fossil fuels

In 2014 local groups have campaigned against an exploratory well to test for Coalbed Methane in Dudleston North Shropshire. The application by Dart energy is being considered by Shropshire council which is concerned of the negative effects of  drilling for gas.
For more details: frackfree dudleston

The government will be giving new area licences across the country including a  large  part of Shropshire.Many groups are campaigning against fracking and extreme fossil fuels.
For more details:

Coalbed Methane (CBM)
This process uses pumps to remove water from the coalbed and the methane gas can be collected.Many wells are needed to extract the gas and the waste water has to be treated. This may result in the pollution of drinking water supplies,while any escaping methane into the air adds to global climate change.

Hydraulic Fracking of Shale
This process uses sand ,water and chemicals which are pumped under pressure to frack the shale and release the gas or oil.The waste fluid needs treatment and again pollution of the environment can result from this.

Underground Coal Gassification (UCG)
This process releases gas from coalseams by burning the coal underground.This is a very difficult process to control.

Tar sands
In Canada and Alaska the oil from tar sands are extracted using large amounts of water. This causes large amounts of pollution.Pipelines carry the oil to refineries across north america.

These extreme methods to extract fossil fuels cause pollution and affect  local communities.
To combat Climate change we need to leave these fuels in the ground and develop renewable energy technology.

The Solar Centre

Great range of solar lights for home and garden

Thermablock Aerogel

Thin highly effective insulation but quite expensive, great for window reveals and dormer windows



sheepswool insulation

Local agents: - Travis Perkins, Builders Merchants

Zero Carbon House

Balsall Heath, a truly inspiring retrofit plus extension, regularly open as part of the superhomes network, well worth the trip,