Electric Battle Bus rolls into Burneside

The good people at Burneside Community Energy (BCE) hosted the only Cumbrian stop on a UK tour of film makers documenting low carbon initiatives in a big, blue zero-carbon bus. The government-funded Zero Carbon Tour stopped by to feature the successful partnership between BCE and James Cropper PLC, which has seen a range of solar PV arrays installed at the firm's plant. BCE held an event showcasing their success and welcomed representatives from multiple organisations involved in Cumbria’s sustainability efforts.  The Zero Carbon Tour is a project from Planet Mark, a team of sustainability certifiers. They are embarking on a [...]

Youth Climate Summit 2021

Calling all Cumbrian schools! The Cumbria Youth Climate Action Summit is being held online on Friday October 15 2021, from 9:30am – 12 midday. We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes getting together a great programme, with a steering group made up of young people in Cumbria helping us plan workshops that will help inform and empower your students. These workshops cover a range of topics which you can choose from, from getting your voice heard and COP26, to making your school carbon zero, to what opportunities there are in the Fellfoot area. The event will be held [...]

By |2021-10-01T11:50:38+01:00October 1st, 2021|Homepage, News, Youth|

Fantastic take up at the Ambleside to Zero Climate Action Day

Last Thursday 23rd September, as part of the Great Big Green Week, we supported Ambleside Action for a Future to hold their Climate Action Day. This public event was to both support local businesses and residents to cut carbon and was packed with information, advice and projects to get involved with. Excitingly, the event was featured on ITV news which gave a great overview of what it was about. Business support Businesses were able to have face to face conversations with Sarah Smith, manager of the Low Carbon Lake District Grant scheme, who explained how to apply for the [...]

By |2021-09-27T16:45:22+01:00September 27th, 2021|Ambleside to Zero, Homepage, News|

Free retrofit advice consultations now available

As autumn progresses, many of us think about ways to make our homes warmer, more comfortable and cheaper to heat. And this year, we might also be thinking about better levels of controlled ventilation.  If you are wondering whether your home needs more insulation, improved ventilation and windows, or a new heating system, it is good to know you’re making the best use of your money to achieve your specific priorities.  Thanks to funding from Energy Redress, CAfS is able to offer home owners in Cumbria a free telephone consultation to answer your questions about retrofitting your own home.  All you need to do [...]

Cold to Cosy offers lifeline amidst rise in gas prices

Cumbrians will see their gas and electricity bills soar with the recent rises in gas prices. CAfS can help households cut their bills with their free Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria service.  Our friendly team of experienced energy saving experts can help householders reduce the amount of gas and electricity they use and keep their homes warm and comfortable.  This service is expected to be in high demand this winter as more and more residents find themselves struggling to cope with higher energy prices.  Gareth Field, who manages the Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria service, said: ‘Unfortunately, people’s energy bills are going to rise. It’s a result of [...]

By |2021-09-27T10:50:54+01:00September 27th, 2021|Draughtproofing, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, Insulation, News|

Voluntary role: Trustee

Closing date: 9am on Friday 1 October 2021 We are looking for several new trustees to join our fantastic board at this exciting time for CAfS. You will be able to help ensure that our recent rapid growth is sustainable, that we continue to punch above our weight and make the greatest difference to carbon emissions and climate change in Cumbria. Closing date for cv and covering letter: 9am on Friday 1 October. Interviews on Friday 8 October. We help Cumbrians reduce their carbon footprint and tackle climate change in ways which are environmentally, socially [...]

By |2021-09-14T11:28:57+01:00September 14th, 2021|Homepage, News, Vacancies - Jobs|

Smart Meter: FAQs

How do smart meters work? The in-home display Switching supplier, tariffs and bills About the rollout Safety and security How to get a smart meter Your energy supplier will be able to provide further information on smart meters, including the accessible in-home display. Check your gas or electricity bill for your supplier’s contact details. Need more information about smart meters? Visit: https://www.smartenergyGB.org/en Please note: Eligibility of smart meters and accessible in-home displays may vary. Consumer action is required to obtain cost savings [...]

By |2021-09-24T09:37:20+01:00September 13th, 2021|Home energy efficiency, Homepage, News|

Great Big Green Week

Great Big Green Week is a nationwide celebration of action on climate change, taking place across the UK from 18 - 26 September.    The aim is to collectively celebrate all the positive grassroots actions being taken to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too.  Great Big Green Week also calls on politicians to raise their ambition and champion action on climate change, ahead of November’s crucial COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.  CAfS has been supporting environmental groups across Cumbria, who are planning a series of exciting Great Big Green Week events here in their local communities. [...]

By |2021-09-20T11:07:56+01:00August 30th, 2021|Climate politics, Homepage, News|

Shed 1 continues with CAfS’ as its charity partner for 2021

The award winning, Ulverston based, Shed 1 Gin approached us to be one of their 2020 charity partners. They are committed to pursuing a low carbon path and were keen to help support our work while doing so. Each year they run fundraising events and donate the proceeds of their Gin Jelly Marmalade to local charities, as well as a donation from every bottle and jar returned to them. However, 2020 wasn’t a year in which we could hold any events, so we were delighted when they kept us on as a partner this year as well. Our first [...]

By |2021-08-26T15:27:46+01:00August 26th, 2021|Food, Homepage, News|

New scheme boosts fruit and vegetable growing in Cumbria

Cumbrian farmers have dedicated acres of land to growing fruit and vegetables this year, thanks to support from a new initiative, Home Grown Here. The scheme will see a tasty range of fresh produce grown in the county, from peas and potatoes to apples to rhubarb. Fresh from the fields, it will all be enjoyed by Cumbrians and visitors through local retailers, cafés, restaurants, hotels, farm shops and veg box schemes. It’s the brainchild of the Eden-based growers’ co-operative VistaVeg, and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund as part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership’s ambitious emission-reduction [...]

By |2021-08-30T10:54:16+01:00August 25th, 2021|Food, Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|
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