Community Energy Plus News

Slow cooking revolution comes to Camborne

A local charity which helps householders in Cornwall to save energy and money is encouraging low income families in Camborne who are struggling with their energy bills to get ‘Energy Fit’ at an event in the town on 5th April.

Community Energy Plus’s ‘Energy Fit Kitchens’ project is helping people to understand how they use energy at home and the steps they can take to use less and reduce their energy bills. As the kitchen accounts for a considerable part of a household’s annual energy costs, families taking part in the project receive a free slow cooker to help them save energy and turn relatively inexpensive fresh ingredients into delicious healthy meals.

Following the success of an event held in conjunction with Camborne Food Bank earlier this month, Community Energy Plus will be holding its second drop-in energy advice session at Centenary Methodist Church on Tuesday 5th April, between 1-3pm.

Low income families with young children who are struggling with their energy bills are invited to bring a recent energy bill along with them to the event to access one-to-one advice and receive a free slow cooker. A variety of slow-cooked dishes will also be available for tasting to inspire participants to get the most out of their slow cooker when they get home.

Hayley Uren, Project Manager at Community Energy Plus, explained how the project is helping families to take control of their energy bills: “Many people aren’t aware that switching tariffs can cut their energy bills by around a quarter and lots of other simple behaviour changes can add up to big savings on their energy bills. The Energy Fit Kitchens project presents energy saving advice in a fun and interactive way to make people more aware of the energy they’re using and realise that they have the power to reduce the consumption and cut one of their household’s biggest costs.

Community Energy Plus’s Energy Fit Kitchens project is funded by a grant of £47,333 from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to provide workshops across the length and breadth of the county to help 600 families with low incomes.