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Village lead with wind power

PUBLISHED: 09:51 21 January 2008 | UPDATED: 10:19 03 July 2010

A Norfolk village famed for its flower power could soon be taking the lead in solar and wind power as well.

More than 50 people attended an energy road show in Filby, near Yarmouth, on Saturday showcasing a range of ways to save energy - and cut bills - from simple insulation to installing solar panels and domestic wind turbines.

A Norfolk village famed for its flower power could soon be taking the lead in solar and wind power as well.

More than 50 people attended an energy road show in Filby, near Yarmouth, on Saturday showcasing a range of ways to save energy - and cut bills - from simple insulation to installing solar panels and domestic wind turbines.

Filby, renowned for its national and regional In Bloom successes, was one of three Norfolk communities - along with Thurton and Ashill, near Swaffham - chosen to take part in a pilot Village Green project organised by the government's Energy Saving Trust.

Trust spokesman Edward Leddy-Owen said: “We had 35 responses from villages across Norfolk but were particularly impressed in Filby by the community's active involvement already in green projects from composting to recycling.”

As well as hosting the roadshow, which included displays by green energy companies, all villagers were given the chance of a free, impartial home energy check, analysing possible improvements they could make.

Mr Leddy-Owen said: “Simple measures are effective. Thirty-five per cent of heat is lost through walls that don't have cavity wall insulation and energy-saving light bulbs could save £100 over their lifetime.”

He said all installers signed up to the Energy Trust were committed to a duty of customer care, providing the best advice rather than being profit driven.

Filby postmaster Adrian Thompson, who heads the In Bloom committee, said: “We already take part in a lot of green initiatives and this is the next step forward.”

Blob. For energy advice people are invited to call Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre Anglia on freephone 0800 512012.

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