Electric Buses Hit Nottinghamshire

Pupils from two schools in Toton and Beeston were the first passengers to ride on Nottinghamshire’s first-ever electric buses after taking part in a competition to name them. The youngsters took the trip on the newly named 'Eco Buzz' and 'The Eco Traveller' for an event at Toton Lane Park & Ride to celebrate the first day of service for the buses. The new buses run on the 510/511 bus routes.
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Live in High Peak area? Would You Shop in a Zero Waste Shop?

A member of Transition Buxton is looking to open a zero waste shop in the High Peak area. It could offer dried goods in refillable containers and household cleaning products from a refill station. If you live in the area he would appreciate it if you could fill in a short survey to help him decide if there is enough demand for such a shop and, if so, what it should sell: 

New Fantastic Home Energy Efficiency Exhibition

A popular energy efficiency exhibition which has offered advice to more than 23,000 people in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire over the last nine years is going to be refurbished thanks to a grant. Marches Energy Agency (MEA), the charity which runs the exhibition, known as the Fantastic Home, has been given almost £10,000 by Awards for All to refit the vehicle which houses the exhibition and create new, interactive displays. The Fantastic Home also receives regular funding from the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Local Authority Energy Partnership, which is made up of all the local authorities in the area.
Caroline Harmon, of MEA, said: ‘The Fantastic Home is really popular at community events across the two counties and provides a fun way to learn about living in a eco-friendly way. Over the years we’ve helped people to better understand how to keep their home warm and energy efficient; how to lower their energy bills; and how to make use of renewables at home. This funding will help us update the van to reflect new developments such as electric vehicles, LED lighting and battery storage for renewable energy. We’ll also still be able to advise on keeping warm in your home and what to do if you’re struggling to pay your energy bills.’

To find out more contact Caroline Harmon

Repair Café Needs More Volunteers

Transition Chesterfield’s monthly Repair Café is growing in popularity and urgently needs more repairers. Repair Cafes involve members of the public bringing their broken items, everything from clothing and bicycles to electrical items and toys, and volunteers help repair them. Chesterfield’s Repair Café is one of 1400 cafes worldwide. If you enjoy fixing things and can spare a few hours a month then you would be very welcome. Contact Margaret:

Transition Buxton Offering Free Home Energy Appraisals

A group of trained volunteers from Transition Buxton are offering free home energy appraisals to local householders. Reducing the energy we use at home is a big part of improving our carbon footprint and increasing our resilience. If we improved the thermal efficiency of our homes we’d be warmer and happier, and we’d save money. Knowing where to start is hard; what to prioritise and how much it will cost.
The volunteers involved have been trained by Marches Energy Agency (MEA) and can offer impartial advice. This is a great chance to get your home ready for winter whilst the sun is still shining. Request a visit.

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