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All things eco on offer at energy event

24 February 2017

Roll up and power down it’s the Great South Lakes Energy Extravaganza on Saturday 4 March in Ulverston.

The fair, funded by ourselves and organised by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), is an energetic buffet of eco workshops, talks, displays and stalls about all things green and sustainable.

CAfS', Nancy Evans, said: “It’s just the thing for anyone who wants to live a bit greener and get their carbon footprint down.

“We’re powering up for a bumper day of eco goings-on. People will be able to share their own ideas and take away inspiration, hands-on skills, information and advice in equal measure.”

We’ve funded the fair as part of our wider work to reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty.

The event will serve up tips on growing your own food, include free workshops on maintaining your bicycle and demonstrations of upcycling and making furniture out of pallets.

Nancy added: “Householders will be able to find out about heating their home with renewable energy, from wood burners to solar panels.

“And for anyone feeling energetic, they can put pedal power to the test and power up some lights on the energy bikes.”

The fair will feature an exhibition of stunning photography illustrating the impact of climate change from all over the world. Cumbrian photographer, Ashley Cooper, will be talking about his experiences during ten years of travel, with photographs collected together in his new book – Images from a Warming Planet.

Businesses can also benefit from advice on offer at the fair.

Nancy commented: “For anyone from local companies it’s well worth dropping in because you’ll be able to talk to an expert in operating in a sustainable way.

“Far from costing more, you can actually save money by running more efficiently, especially where energy is concerned.”

For communities looking to explore energy schemes in their area, from hydro power to solar panels on a community building, there’ll be a chance to speak to people form Cumbria who’ve made it happen.

Representatives from Community Energy Cumbria and from Energy 4 All, two Cumbrian organisations behind many successful community-owned renewable energy schemes, will be on hand to share their experiences and advice.

The extravaganza is at Coronation Hall in Ulverston from 10am to 2pm, full details of the energy event are available on CAfS' website.