A project to help Tolvaddon householders live well while understanding and reducing their energy usage and costs officially launched on Friday 8th July at an event attended by around 100 local residents.
At the launch of the Illogan Green Ripple Project, residents were able to find out what the project will be working to achieve over the next 12 months and beyond and the ways that their household can get involved.
The Illogan Green Ripple involves a collaboration between local volunteers, Illogan Parish Council, Cornwall’s sustainable energy charity Community Energy Plus and Cornwall Council.
Representatives from the Energy Saving Trust and local renewable energy installers were on hand to talk to residents about insulation, understanding and reducing their energy bills and renewable energy technologies. A recruitment drive was held to find 50 households to benefit from free loft insulation and a further 10 properties to undergo tests to measure draughts so that heat loss from their homes can be minimised and the findings passed onto other homes in Illogan of similar construction.
Residents were also invited to write down their energy saving ideas and attach them to washing line of bright ideas to inspire others attending the event. The best ideas will be put into action across the community. Youngers residents enjoyed hands-on fun generating electricity using at a hydro workshop.
Cornwall Council ward member Jude Robinson, who is a member of the project’s action team, was pleased with the reception that Illogan Green Ripple project received from the local community at the launch event. She said: “We want to work with as many households as possible to help them reduce their carbon footprint and energy bills and it was really encouraging to see so many people at the launch event and experience a strong sense of community.”
Illogan resident and Transition Illogan member Verena Stubbs described the role that the project will play: “With energy bills rising at an alarming rate, householders are starting to appreciate the importance of reducing their energy use and the Green Ripple project is designed to give individual residents the support to reduce their energy use while bringing about community-wide change.”
Julian German, Cornwall’s Council’s cabinet member for the environment and climate change said: “Cornwall Council is delighted to support a project that facilitates community involvement in reducing the carbon emissions that cause climate change. This project has tremendous potential to make a real difference to the lives of Illogan residents and inspire other communities across Cornwall to take action to become more sustainable.”
Future stages of the project are set to offer residents renewable technologies and a community transport scheme which may include electric bikes and even an electric car.
Tolvaddon residents are encouraged to keep updated on project developments and share their experiences on Facebook by searching for ‘Illogan Green Ripple’ or through the regular newsletter.