400 Cornish families will be discovering the benefits of slow cooking to save energy and money over the next year following the launch of an innovative new energy efficiency project.
The Truro-based charity Community Energy Plus kicked off their ‘Energy Fit Kitchens’ project on Friday (3rd July) at Liskeard’s Liskerrett Centre where workshop participants learned about cooking using the ‘slow and low’ method to turn inexpensive ingredients into a family feast.
There really is such a thing as a free dinner for those taking part in the sessions over the next year as the project will provide a free slow cooker and all of the ingredients to create a healthy family meal for all workshop participants.
The project, which has been funded by the Scottish Power Energy People Trust, has been developed by Community Energy Plus to present energy saving advice to families in a fun and interactive way through slow cooking demonstrations.
The kitchen accounts for a considerable part of a household’s annual energy bill and so by focusing on cooking as a major activity in the kitchen, the project will use slow cooking as a stepping stone to help workshop participants improve their energy management skills and reduce their energy bills.
A programme of 30 free events is currently being developed by Community Energy Plus to provide ‘Energy Fit Kitchens’ workshops across the length and breadth of the county. Free places are available to families with children up to the age of 18 who are worried about their energy bills. Householders wanting to sign-up for a local workshop and community groups interested in co-hosting a slow cooking workshop are encouraged to contact Community Energy Plus to express their interest by calling 01872 245566, emailing [email protected] or messaging via the project’s ‘Energy Fit Kitchens’ Facebook Page.
Hayley Uren, Project Manager at Community Energy Plus, hosted the event and was impressed by the enthusiasm of the participants: “Some of the young mums were accompanied by their children when they came to collect their slow cooked meals and it was great to see the sample dishes get a big thumbs up from the children and parents alike. A couple of the participants were so impressed with the ease of using the slow cookers that they popped out during the afternoon break to buy ingredients for using their slow cookers again the following day. I’m confident that equipped with their new slow cookers and lots of energy saving tips, everyone will put what they’ve leant into practice in their own energy fit kitchens.”