Friday, April 29, 2016

Energy Deal Scheme Set To Help Dover District Residents Save Money

 There’s still time to find out if you could save money on your energy bills with the latest round of Energy Deal – that’s the message from Dover District Council, who launched the latest round of the popular collective switching campaign on 22 March.

Residents have until 16 May to register to take part in the latest round. Energy suppliers will then be invited to compete with their best offer at an energy auction on 17 May. Residents registered with Energy Deal will be sent a personalised offer showing the winning tariff, which they can then decide whether they want to accept.

This follows the previous round of the scheme, which was launched in December 2015, when Dover District residents who signed up could have saved an average of £271.32 a year on their gas and electricity bills. Latest figures show that Dover District residents have saved a total of £111,515.94 by switching through Energy Deal from June 2013 up to and including February 2016.

DDC is working in partnership with Dartford, Gravesham, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells councils to operate the Energy Deal scheme.

For more information or to register, please see the Energy Advice pages, or leave contact details on 01304 872428.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Victoria's Green Matters 28th May 2016

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:

Many of us have decided to choose the ‘green option’ for our electricity supply and will now welcome the chance to opt for a carbon neutral gas supply. If you have your electricity from a supplier who offers 100% renewable energy, you may soon be able to enter into a dual fuel contract where your gas supply comes from biogas, produced by anaerobic digesters.

As emissions from energy use are one of the main causes of global warming, the obvious way to cut your carbon footprint is to opt for the best renewable energy deal on offer. We can all do our bit to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and domestic gas use accounts for around 26% of most people’s carbon footprint.

There are now 200 anaerobic digestion units in operation all around the country where waste products are turned into gas which can be piped into the gas grid for direct use by domestic customers or it can be burnt to produce electricity which goes into the national grid. Anaerobic digestion is the breakdown of organic matter by micro-organisms in the absence of oxygen, delivering a methane rich gas for fuel and a digestate, a source of nutrients which can be used as a fertiliser. All manner of waste products from cow pats, waste food or grass from marginal farmland can be used.

This option for gas production gives us an ideal and less dangerous alternative to fracking for shale gas and also makes excellent use of waste products.

Victoria Nicholls. Transition Deal.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Deal Beach Clean Bank Holiday 2nd May

The next Deal Beach Clean will be on the May Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May starting at 10am. 

Plan A is for this to be at the Sandown Castle end of the beach but if the beach works are still in progress we will move the pier

We will have our new pickers, colourful children size ones and new 'Beach Clean' Flags so you will not miss us - all donated by the 'Deal Folk by the Sea' collective of buskers and performers. We are very grateful for their generous support.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tidy up at Deal Station Meadow

Thank you to our 10 volunteers this morning at Deal Station - litter picked 4 bags of rubbish and even did a bit of gardening on rockery end of the meadow area.

Looked like that National Rail had tidied up some of there areas but tracks and the old sidings still have a lot rubbish there.

Looking at lot better - planning to strim the grass areas around the wildlife meadow and plant more herbs and natives in the rockery area

Friday, April 22, 2016