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Get advice on energy saving, either free or for a small fee.

An independant advisor can often save you far more money than the cost of employing them.

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

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

Claus is also an energy assessor and a member of Midlands Energy Professionals.

Dave Green Energy Services

Local, independent energy advice, assessments and training. Home energy visits, advice on the Renewable Heat Incentive, thermal imaging, and energy performance certificates. 

01743 360055

Energy Saving Trust

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

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)

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.

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) Since April 2018, private domestic and non-domestic landlords 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".

At the moment domestic landlords are not 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.

From April 2019 domestic landlords will be required to spend up to £3,500 (inc vat) per property before applying for an exemption from the minimum energy requirement.

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 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, though these are very rare) raise the money elsewhere or use their own funds.

Non domestic landlords will 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

and for an update on the change in the requirement for domestic landlords see;

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.

Dave Green Energy Services have set up a MEES service and they are working with the National Trust and Central England Co-op plus smaller landlords.

National Energy Foundation

A national educational charity encouraging energy saving and renewable generation.

optimise Energy UK

Help Organisations go GREEN, by comprehensive energy audit .

01746 761500

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.

Open days 2018 includes new Passive House at Edgmond, Newport, see events page


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 835242

Smart Energy Services

Claus Best

energy assessment and advice, EPCs, retrofit co-ordination

01743 871099