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Cumbria highlights its green credentials
THE annual Cumbria Green Build Festival, which gives the county’s residents the opportunity to find out more about energy efficiency and renewable energy in the home, starts this Saturday (September 15).
Now in its seventh year, the two-week festival, organised by charity Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), brings together a programme of free events across the county which demonstrate a range of green building techniques and renewable energy installations.
The events provide an opportunity to visit sites which are not normally accessible, from improvements in private homes to large-scale energy generation.
Georgina Byles, festival organiser, commented: “We convince our supporters to open their doors and show what energy efficiency and renewable technologies they’ve installed, right from basic energy saving measures to high-spec eco new builds. The beauty of the festival is that in the main you’ll hear from homeowners, rather than getting the hard sell from installers!”
There is the chance to see a woodchip boiler and learn how best to use it; a 60kW hydro scheme on an historic hill farm at Kentmere Hall; the development of an Archimedes Screw at Burneside; a supplier open morning at The Green Energy Centre in Kendal, and a tour around Lancaster Co-housing. The festival runs until September 30.
The full programme can be found at www.cumbriagreenbuild.org.uk. All on-site events are free of charge but spaces are limited so must be booked via the website.