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

Contract: Development of carbon footprint calculators

Date posted: 2 July 2020 Closing date: 9am on 17 July 2020 We are seeking a contractor to develop two online carbon footprinting calculator tools: one for residents and one for businesses. These tools will be piloted and tested in Ambleside, with a view to rolling them out elsewhere in Cumbria. The proposed timescale for developing and testing these tools will be September to December 2020, with training of facilitators planned for January 2021 and roll-out from February 2021. The total budget available for delivery of both carbon footprint calculators is £16,000. How to apply for this [...]

By |2020-09-24T13:39:02+01:00July 2nd, 2020|Homepage, News|Comments Off on Contract: Development of carbon footprint calculators

Deputy mayor opens Walney’s first electric vehicle chargepoint

The newest electric vehicle (EV) chargepoint in our project with Charge My Street has been installed in Barrow and charged its maiden car, this week. West Point House is now the first place on Walney Island and one of the first in Barrow to be equipped with EV chargepoints. A double socket has been installed with the hope of increasing charging opportunities for locals and the 40 residents of West Point House. Deputy mayor of Barrow Helen Wall officially opened the chargepoint as it gave its first charge this week. Helen said: “I was very thrilled to take part [...]

By |2020-06-25T13:45:29+01:00June 25th, 2020|Electric vehicles, Homepage, News|Comments Off on Deputy mayor opens Walney’s first electric vehicle chargepoint

Cumbrians’ concern about climate revealed in CAfS survey

Cumbrians are very concerned about climate change and are already taking action in their own lives to tackle it. That’s according to the results of the first-ever county-wide climate survey run by CAfS at the end of last year. More than a thousand people shared their views on the seriousness of climate change and what the government and individuals could do to tackle it. The survey respondents were more concerned about climate change than the national average, with 91 per cent saying they are either very concerned or fairly concerned, compared to 76 per cent in the latest national [...]

By |2020-06-10T16:11:06+01:00June 10th, 2020|Homepage, News|Comments Off on Cumbrians’ concern about climate revealed in CAfS survey

The green road to recovery – Message from our CEO

It has been 10 weeks since we were last in touch. I hope you and yours have stayed safe and well during this challenging time. In the last few months, we have experienced changes to our lives that we probably never thought possible. Sadly, the pandemic has highlighted that, as with the impacts of climate change, the disadvantaged are the most badly affected – from the keyworkers at risk of illness to people in fuel poverty hit by higher energy bills from staying at home. It has also highlighted the link between fossil fuels, air pollution and public health. [...]

By |2020-06-10T15:35:18+01:00June 10th, 2020|Climate politics, Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|Comments Off on The green road to recovery – Message from our CEO

Funding target reached and EV webinar!

Despite pressures from the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the community share offer from Charge My Street has succeeded in raising £130,000 to install 100 electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints across Cumbria and Lancashire. Charge My Street and CAfS would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who put forward their own investment and to those who helped get the word out about the share offer. Investors included those who have been driving EVs for years and some who have not yet made the switch but could see the benefit of preparing our region for wide scale [...]

By |2020-06-05T12:35:50+01:00June 5th, 2020|Electric vehicles, Homepage, News|Comments Off on Funding target reached and EV webinar!

A message from our chief executive

How the world has changed in a short space of time. In these unprecedented times, we hope that you and your families are safe and well. We’re very much thinking about all of our supporters, as you deal with the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on every aspect of your lives – not least economically and socially. Even in dark times, there are some positive things to celebrate. Across Cumbria, we’ve seen individuals and communities coming together to support each other, with overwhelming responses to appeals for volunteers. People are innovating and embracing technology to stay connected with each [...]

By |2020-04-03T16:16:28+01:00April 3rd, 2020|Homepage, News|Comments Off on A message from our chief executive

Cold to Cosy Homes scheme responds to Covid-19

Our Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria service has been modified in response to the Coronavirus situation. We are currently offering only the free-of-charge emergency service to vulnerable households whose gas boiler has broken down. Call free to the LEAP call centre on 0800 060 7565 to find out if you or someone you know could be eligible for a free boiler replacement. This emergency boiler scheme, called ECHO, will run for the next few weeks, until the fund is used up. The scheme is aimed at households that are vulnerable and need immediate assistance to stay warm and well [...]

By |2020-03-19T11:07:10+00:00March 19th, 2020|Draughtproofing, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, News|Comments Off on Cold to Cosy Homes scheme responds to Covid-19

Coronavirus – CAfS response

Last updated: Thursday 3 June 2020 Due to the current Coronavirus restrictions, we've changed the way we're delivering some of our projects and services. While we're not able to run our usual wide range of in-person activities and events, we are now offering some services in other ways, including our Cold to Cosy Homes advice service. There's more information about this below. We are still operating with reduced staffing, but the majority of our team have now returned from furlough. We're working behind the scenes to offer more of our projects and services online, and to make sure we're ready [...]

By |2020-07-14T17:29:45+01:00March 16th, 2020|Homepage, News|Comments Off on Coronavirus – CAfS response

Focus group informs EV project

In last months newsletter and on our website, we put out an appeal for electric vehicle owners and non-EV owners alike to lend us their experiences and perceptions and the response we received was heartily enthusiastic! Dozens of respondents told us how they would happily give us some insight into their views on EVs, so we asked them to do exactly that over a pizza and a pint at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre. Because we had a wealth of respondents to choose from and only a small amount of space, we sent out invites to those who lived fairly locally [...]

By |2020-02-27T15:40:48+00:00February 27th, 2020|Electric vehicles, Homepage, News|Comments Off on Focus group informs EV project
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