Residents invited to award winning energy event

6 December 2012

Released on 13 November 2012

Homeowners are being invited to the latest in an award winning series of energy events to find out what practical measures they can take to save energy and reduce household bills this winter.

The village energy day will take place at Girton Baptist Church this Saturday 17 November, from 1pm to 4pm, when visitors will have the opportunity to hear and speak to a line-up of local and professional environmental speakers.

Local resident and scientific advisor for the Department for Energy and Climate Change, Professor David Mackay, will share how he has slashed energy usage in his own home. Peter Thom, owner of Girton-based home energy efficiency company, Green Heat, will deliver the latest news on the Government's Green Deal and energy consultant Dr Brian Cox will talk through the extensive improvement work on Girton Baptist Church, which he advised on, from the insulation of the solid walls and roof to the sympathetically replaced period windows.

Exhibitors, including local environmental businesses and charities, will also be on hand to talk to residents about the benefits and practicalities of home energy work.

The event has been organised jointly by South Cambridgeshire District Council and Sustainable Girton - a community group led by residents including volunteer Shane Holland who recently won the Young Village Hero title at the Council's Community Pride Awards in recognition of his efforts to reinvigorate the groups' activities.

Sustainable Girton forms a part of the Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership (SPEP) in association with South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Cllr Manning, South Cambridgeshire District Council's leader and cabinet member for sustainability, said:

"This event builds on the ongoing success of our Sustainable Energy Partnership project - recently awarded the National Energy Action and Department of Energy and Climate Change Community Footprint accolade - and aims to bring individuals, small neighbourhood groups and whole communities together in their commitment to drive change and make the district more sustainable.

Hundreds of people have attended these events across South Cambridgeshire to see how they can improve their homes - making them warmer and cheaper to run - demonstrating a great desire for greener energy and we are keen to harness this and continue to inspire more people to get involved. The day is free and should be fun as well as informative and inspiring."

(Updated on 15/11/12 with correction to the effect that Dr Brian Cox advised on the work to Girton Baptist Church and did not oversee it.)

Last Updated: 15 November 2012  14:40