Staff at Newark and Sherwood Get Pedalling!

Staff at Newark and Sherwood District Council were given the opportunity to power lightbulbs with leg power at a health event on 22nd September.
Marches Energy Agency's Energy Bike sat alongside a Wii Fit, a stall serving healthy fruit smoothies, a stall where people could get their blood pressure checked and a Carbon Footprinting stall. The bike provided the opportunity to combine learning about saving energy with doing some exercise.
Attendees also received a range of energy saving freebies including TV Powerdowns, low energy lightbulbs, showersaves, shower timers, save-a-flush bags and tap inserts.  These items will collective save people more than £50,000 on their energy bills over their lifetime's use, more than 65,000 tonnes of carbon and more than 4 million litres of water!



Community Members in Shipley Save Energy, Water and Money

The Indoors Fantastic Home visited Shipley in Amber Valley, Derbyshire in September to give out free energy and water saving goodies such as TV powerdowns and save-a-flush bags.

The items given out will save people living in Shipley a collective £5696 on their energy bills in the years to coem as well as saving mroe than 8000kg of carbon emissions and more than 50,000 litres of water.

Carbon Footprinting at Derbyshire Eco Centre Launch Event

When Derbyshire County Council Adult Education Service opened its new Eco Centre we were there, in conjunction with Derbyshire Dales District Council to help people work out their carbon footprint.
13 people completed a footprint over the course of the day. The lowest was an impressive 3.6 tonnes (compared to a UK average 9.8) and the highest was 19.2 tonnes. All participants were given tailored advice on how to lower their footprint and many took away Factsheets. The person with the lowest footprint won a one day course at the Eco Centre and the person with the highest received some energy saving devices for their home to help them begin lowering their footprint. Everyone completing a footprint received an Eco Action Pack with a year’s worth of ideas for actions to reduce their carbon footprint.
In addition, all of MEA’s factsheets were on display and people were welcome to take them away without completing a footprinting form. This was ideal for those who were short on time. People also made enquiries on topics ranging from renewables to heating systems and domestic energy efficiency.

Sutton Bonington Residents Set to Save More Than 70,000Kg of Carbon

The Fantastic Home visited Sutton Bonington Show on Sunday 5th September and gaveaway energy saving devices which will help residents save more than 70,000Kg of carbon dioxide emissions over their lifetime's use.
A stream of people visited the Fantastic Home trailer throughout the day, all keen to take away some of the energy saving give-aways. These included light bulbs, shower savers, shower timers, savaflushes and television PowerDowns. People were also keen to get information and advice on different aspects of energy efficiency, mainly: alternative low energy lighting, feed-in-tariffs and the possibility of installing solar voltaic panels, which linked in nicely with a local project to support PV installation in Rushcliffe. The was also some interest in biomass systems and the possible Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.
Children playing the snakes and ladders carbon descent game and Rushcliffe Council's Global Warming game. Many adults were so impressed they brought their friends/neighbours back with them later in the day to show them what we had to offer.
Shower timers distributed: 33
·         Savaflush distributed: 32
·         PowerDowns distributed: 66
·         Shower Saves distributed: 22
·         Tap Inserts distributed: 10
      Bulbs distributed: 120
·         Insulation referrals: 1
·         £££ saved (lifetime): £42,008
·         CO2 saved (lifetime): 72,888 kg
·         Water saved (lifetime): 2,486,385 litres

Fantastic Exhibitions Save Householders Over £1 Million

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Residents will save over £1 million on their energy bills in the coming years thanks to two mobile exhibitions. Local charity Marches Energy Agency, in conjunction with the Local Authorities Energy Partnership, have been taking the Fantastic Home, and its predecessor Light Fantastic, to events across the two counties over the last 14 months. The exhibition gives out free energy saving items, such as low energy lightbulbs, showertimers and TV powerdowns, which are donated by utility companies. The savings on electricity bills generated by items given out so far will, over their lifetime, amount to more than £1 million and will benefit almost 10,000 people.
Savings – financial, carbon dioxide emissions and water – are recorded at, the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire climate change portal.
Experienced and friendly advisors also give out energy efficiency advice and information on domestic renewables. Fun, interactive elements include an energy bike which members of the public can pedal to see how much effort it takes to power both a low energy lightbulb and a traditional bulb. Children can play a giant game of ‘Low carbon Snakes and Ladders.’
The £1 million mark was reached during an event at Erewash Waterside Festival over the August Bank Holiday. Since then Fantastic Homes has visited Sutton Bonington Show in Rushcliffe and is due, over the coming months, to visit locations ranging from Shipley Parish Room in Amber Valley and Kelham Hall near Newark to Matlock Victorian Christmas Fair and Energy Saving Week events in the High Peak area. Householders can find out when the event is visiting their area at
Kris McGowan, Team Leader at Marches Energy Agency said:
‘We really pleased that the Fantastics have been able to help so many people save money on their energy bills. The items given away will continue to save people money in the years to come. They also help combat climate change by reducing carbon dioxide – so far by more than 2000 tonnes.’