Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Residents Invited To Energy Evening

Homeowners are invited to the latest in a series of energy events to find out what practical measures they can take to save energy and reduce household bills this winter.

The village energy day will take place at Girton Baptist Church this Friday 22 November, from 6pm to 9pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear a line-up of local and professional environmental speakers.

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s parish energy project officer, Siobhan Mellon, will kick a series of talks off at 6.30pm. Siobhan will introduce the Council’s latest initiative, Action on Energy, as well as advise who can qualify for free insulation and how to source loans for home energy saving measures.

The Council’s housing project manager, Leslie Lazell, will talk through the benefits and savings of external insulation and heat pumps from his experience installing these on council homes across South Cambridgeshire.

Finally, Transition Cambridge representative and author of ‘Energy and carbon emissions: the way we live today’, Nicola Terry, will advise residents how they can make the most of solar photo-voltaic panels.

Exhibitors, including local green energy companies and charities, will also be on hand to talk to residents about the benefits and practicalities of home energy work.

The event has been organised by the Sustainable Girton Project in conjunction with South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership (SPEP).

Cllr Manning, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s leader and cabinet member for sustainability, said: “These events are always popular and help residents to understand that even small low cost actions can improve homes, making them warmer and cheaper to run. The event day is free and should be fun as well as informative and inspiring.”

Local member, Cllr Douglas de Lacy, said: “Over the years Sustainable Girton has helped the village to make the best use of energy, from low-cost solutions like using a spare sheet as a curtain liner to energy investments like photo-voltaic panels.

“Our last energy evening was a roaring success and gave me many ideas for home improvement. This event will look at how South Cambridgeshire District Council is working with parishes on energy issues, what it is doing to its own housing, and will look in to the benefits of PV panels. I encourage everyone to attend to see what they can do to keep warmer this winter and keep bills down.”