Funding target reached and EV webinar!

By |2020-06-05T12:35:50+01:00June 5th, 2020|Electric vehicles, Homepage, News|

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 [...]

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Secondment Opportunity:  Project Officer, Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria

By |2020-06-09T17:43:06+01:00May 26th, 2020|Vacancies - expired|

Date posted: 26 May 2020 Closing date: 9am Tuesday 9 June 2020 We have an exciting new Secondment Opportunity to join our Energy Team as a Cold to Cosy Homes Project Officer from July 2020, initially for 3 months with possible extension. The role is to expand our successful Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria project more widely across districts in Cumbria – expanding now specifically to Carlisle, Allerdale and Copeland – and helping Cumbrian households reduce their carbon emissions, reduce bills and keep warm. Applications are especially welcome from people who work in, or regularly engage with community organisations [...]

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A message from our chief executive

By |2020-04-03T16:16:28+01:00April 3rd, 2020|Homepage, News|

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 [...]

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Cold to Cosy Homes scheme responds to Covid-19

By |2020-03-19T11:07:10+00:00March 19th, 2020|Draughtproofing, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, News|

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 [...]

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Coronavirus – CAfS response

By |2020-07-14T17:29:45+01:00March 16th, 2020|Homepage, News|

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 [...]

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Job: Community Carbon Literacy Coordinator

By |2020-07-01T14:44:55+01:00February 27th, 2020|Vacancies - expired|

Date posted: 27 February 2020 Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 25 March 2020 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Due to the current situation with Coronavirus, we are suspending the recruitment of this post for the time being. If you were interested in applying but had not yet done so, please send an email to by the deadline of 5pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020 to express your interest in the role. We will keep your details on file and contact you when we resume the recruitment to invite you to apply then. Details about the post - for [...]

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Focus group informs EV project

By |2020-02-27T15:40:48+00:00February 27th, 2020|Electric vehicles, Homepage, News|

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 [...]

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EV chargepoint share offer under way

By |2020-02-28T12:52:09+00:00February 27th, 2020|Community energy, Electric vehicles, Homepage, News|

About a month ago, we mentioned that we would soon be supporting the launch of a unique community share offer that aims to change sustainable transport in the North West. Well, the launch has been and gone and the Charge My Street share offer is NOW OPEN as anyone who follows our social media should already be well aware. We’ve tweeted and Facebooked about little else since the offer went live on the 24th. We're like a new mother or Piers Morgan after a Greggs vegan pastry reveal. It closes on 31 March so you can expect to hear more [...]

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Sunny side up for Ambleside

By |2020-02-17T16:44:56+00:00February 1st, 2020|Ambleside to Zero, Homepage, News, Renewable energy|

Sixty per cent of Ambleside’s annual domestic energy consumption could be powered with solar PV systems. That’s according to a study done by Alex Boyd who came into the CAfS office recently to present his findings to a wide-eyed audience of our staff. Alex’s aim was to produce a workable methodology to create large-scale assessments of roof space for solar panels using publicly available data. The lakeside town was chosen as the guinea pig for this study as part of the Ambleside to Zero programme, but the method was designed to apply to any town on the map. [...]

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Calling all EV drivers & wannabes!

By |2020-01-31T18:15:14+00:00January 31st, 2020|Electric vehicles, Homepage, News|

Do you drive an electric vehicle (EV) or do you want to? We’re looking for drivers to take part in a focus group about life as the owner of an EV. In particular, we’re looking for people who own an EV but can’t install a charger at their home. Maybe you live in an apartment or terraced home without a driveway, for example. We would love to know how you manage! Maybe your workplace has EV chargers. Perhaps you’re extremely good at time management. Maybe you’re Elon Musk and have just moved to a terraced maisonette in Staveley. [...]

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