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Energy events for January

Two free online events will welcome many Cumbrians into the new year with the chance to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses. The two webinars are being hosted by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) in partnership with South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) but are open to anyone who feels that they could benefit from the advice on offer. The first of the two events, Heat pumps for homeowners is taking place on 19 January at 6:30pm and is focused on the user experience of domestic heat pumps. A heat pump is a device that transfers heat [...]

By |2020-12-21T13:48:19+00:00December 21st, 2020|Cumbria Green Build Festival, Draughtproofing, Fossil fuels, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, Insulation, News, Renewable energy|Comments Off on Energy events for January

Fellfoot Forward marks achievements and exciting year ahead

There's been a lot going on behind the scenes with our work on the Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme, so, as 2020 draws to a close, we thought it was about time to give you a glimpse behind the curtains! The scheme is led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and it aims to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the Fellfoot area of north-eastern Cumbria. CAfS is one of the partners delivering aspects of the scheme, led by Roe Baker. Not surprisingly, the Coronavirus pandemic has [...]

By |2020-12-16T17:13:45+00:00December 16th, 2020|Fellfoot Forward, Homepage, News|Comments Off on Fellfoot Forward marks achievements and exciting year ahead

CAfS helps create new Ashden Award for citizen engagement on climate

The Ashden Awards are nationally acknowledged as THE awards for meaningful climate change activity in the UK. As communication on climate change becomes ever more important, Ashden is launching a new category for citizen engagement. CAfS was delighted to be invited to help the awards team to develop the criteria and assessment for this new category, with Phil Davies taking up the challenge. "If our 20 years of experience in tackling the causes of climate change has shown us anything, it's that different people get involved in climate actions for different reasons and in different ways," Phil said. "We [...]

By |2020-11-27T17:08:14+00:00November 27th, 2020|Homepage, News|Comments Off on CAfS helps create new Ashden Award for citizen engagement on climate

Support offered amidst ‘bleak winter’ forecast

Many families are facing a difficult winter ahead with increased hardship, a new report shows. Higher energy use resulting from having to stay at home for longer and a huge reduction in income have produced a toxic combination, researchers at Sheffield Hallam University have found. In Cumbria, adding our already problematic leaky housing stock to the equation, the evidence is that the risk will be heightened for vulnerable groups who will have to make a heat or eat choice this winter. This combines to produce a bleak forecast of the next few months for many residents. The report Stuck at home in [...]

By |2020-11-26T16:11:02+00:00November 26th, 2020|Draughtproofing, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, Insulation, News|Comments Off on Support offered amidst ‘bleak winter’ forecast

Two new EV chargepoints go live in Cumbria

This month marked the completion of two more installations of electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints which are now live and fully operational. Just in time for Cumbria to drop down into Tier 2 as well. Don’t ever say we don’t time things well. The first is our collaboration with Dalston Parish council for a chargepoint and lighting installation in the Kingsway car park near the village centre. The site consists of two charging sockets along with a lamppost to make sure that night-time travellers can find it quickly and easily. Not bad for partnership in which no money changed hands. [...]

By |2020-11-26T16:03:26+00:00November 26th, 2020|Electric vehicles, Fossil fuels, Homepage, News|Comments Off on Two new EV chargepoints go live in Cumbria

Events shed light on funding for home improvements

Two online events by CAfS are offering households and landlords the chance to find out about support available for home improvements, including the government’s new Green Homes Grant. The free sessions will shed light on some of the main schemes that households can take advantage of now, to make their homes warmer and use less energy. “This is a really good time to get on with improvements to save energy and reduce carbon emissions, given the support that’s out there right now,” said Andrew Northcott, energy services manager at CAfS. “But it’s not always easy for people to work [...]

By |2020-10-22T16:32:32+01:00October 22nd, 2020|Draughtproofing, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, Insulation, Renewable energy|Comments Off on Events shed light on funding for home improvements

Education leads the charge in South Cumbria

A sunny Monday morning saw the latest electric vehicle (EV) chargepoint installation from Charge My Street resplendent in a delicately adorned red ribbon. This wasn't to last long though as the ribbon was promptly cut by staff from Kendal College to announce the chargepoints official opening for public use. On site were two Nissan Leafs and a Renault Zoe whose owners were eager to get in on the first kilowatts of juice from the sockets. The two new chargepoints are located in the college’s small car park off Vicarage Drive and represent the latest step forward in our partnership [...]

By |2020-09-23T16:56:58+01:00September 23rd, 2020|Electric vehicles, Homepage, News|Comments Off on Education leads the charge in South Cumbria

Cold to Cosy Champions training goes virtual

The Cold to Cosy Homes team here at CAfS are announcing a brand new roster of free training sessions for people interested in becoming a Cold to Cosy Champion. The training will give you (or relevant members of your team or community) a thorough understanding of the service, how to refer clients and what their customer journey will be. You’ll be able to fully explain the service to clients and help them to access this fantastic free support for vulnerable individuals. Cold to Cosy Homes offers clear advice and practical help on how to save energy in your home [...]

By |2020-08-21T13:13:28+01:00August 21st, 2020|Draughtproofing, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, News|Comments Off on Cold to Cosy Champions training goes virtual

Tackling climate change in Cumbria gets £2.5 million National Lottery boost

Cumbria’s bid for £2.5 million of National Lottery funding to cut carbon emissions in the county has been successful, it was announced today.  CAfS is one of nearly 70 organisations from many walks of life in Cumbria that came together to submit the bid to the National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The award to the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership will fund a five-year programme of action aiming to make Cumbria the first carbon-neutral county in the UK, in a way that benefits communities and is led by them.   “This is incredible news for Cumbria and we’re delighted to have developed this successful bid on behalf of the partnership!” said Karen Mitchell, chief executive of CAfS, which co-chairs the partnership. “The grant [...]

By |2020-08-17T11:20:44+01:00August 17th, 2020|Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|Comments Off on Tackling climate change in Cumbria gets £2.5 million National Lottery boost

New government scheme for improving energy efficiency of homes

The government has announced a new scheme to help households to make their homes more energy efficient. Here we share our view on it and some advice for anyone thinking of taking advantage of it. About the new 'Green Homes Grant' On Wednesday 8 July 2020, the Chancellor announced a voucher scheme for households to help with the cost of measures such as insulation. It is part of the government's new 'Plan for Jobs 2020', aiming to stimulate the economy. You can read the plan in full on the Treasury website > Here is what the plan says about [...]

By |2020-07-14T14:25:14+01:00July 14th, 2020|Homepage, News|Comments Off on New government scheme for improving energy efficiency of homes
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