Rush For Energy Advice at Rush For Health

Rushcliffe Country Park was the scenic setting for the Fantastic Home's visit to the annual Rush for Health event and the weather was on our side. There were some concerned expressions amongst the kite specialists attending the event in the morning but by the time the fun got started even the wind was on side.
Tim Baldwin of Marches Energy Agency was staffing the Fantastic Home throughout the day: “I got home-made cake and fresh coffee from the wonderful folks volunteering at the Ranger’s Station café. Best breakfast I’ve had in years, which was just as well as once people started arriving it was practically none stop for the next 5 ½ hrs.”
The day was marked by some in-depth conversations on energy efficiency, especially insulation and lifestyle changes and also renewable energy sources and the Feed In Tariffs and Renewable heat incentive. One gentleman even explained that using a solar photovoltaic system to generate his power he had managed to make his house completely carbon neutral and was now attempting to move into the negative by producing his own heat.
Sheila Hood and Jenny from Rushcliffe Borough Council worked alongside new MEA volunteer Sophy Bellis and were all impressed at the general awareness of energy issues amongst the crowd. Many had already installed loft and cavity wall insulation.
All in all a very productive and enjoyable day!

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