19 households from the Tremorva and Trelissick areas of Hayle recently discovered that there really is such a thing as a free meal when they took part in a free slow cooking event.
Organised by local charity and social enterprise Community Energy Plus as part of Western Power Distribution’s ‘Less Is More’ project, households living in the two project areas within Hayle were invited to come along and learn about cooking using the ‘slow and low’ method to turn inexpensive ingredients into a feast.
The project runs until December and is working with households served by two electricity substations at Trelissick and Tremorva to encourage residents to reduce their electricity use, particularly during the peak times of 7-9am and 4-9pm. Using a slow cooker to prepare evening meals is a great way of spreading electricity use throughout the day rather than using a lot of it during peak times.
All ingredients were provided for a delicious family meal along with a slow cooker, which participants took home after the event in order to continue to be part of Hayle’s slow cooking revolution.
Following the success of the first event, Community Energy Plus are planning to run another slow cooking event on 13th November. Only 20 places are available for residents living within the project areas so early booking is recommended by calling 0800 954 1956 or emailing [email protected]
Hayley Uren, Renewables and Communities Project Manager at Community Energy Plus, hosted the event and was impressed by the enthusiasm of the participants: “There was a real buzz in the Passmore Edwards Institute as the participants met each other and set their slow cookers going for their evening meals. Residents returned later in the afternoon to taste some of the sample dishes and collect their slow cooked meals – the smell in the hall was fantastic and everyone seemed impressed by what had been cooked. The event was good fun but helped those taking part to understand the role that they can play by their reducing electricity use at peak times to ease the burden placed on their local substations. By reducing demand they’re also boosting the level of funding that will be given to their community to help incentivise their energy saving efforts”.
Trelissick resident Sue Woodhouse commented: “This session has been great as I’ve got to know some of my neighbours while learning a new cooking technique that will help me to save energy.”