Energy Awareness Event on 26th March 2011

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On Saturday 26 March members of the Energy Project held a very successful Energy Awareness Event in the hall. This was part information, with a great variety of material, and part consultation exercise with a talking wall for islandersí suggestions and comments on a range of topics. Jill Bowis from Local Origins Rural Network (LORN) offered advice to local producers working to create a sustainable way of living in the North Argyll Community; Mandie Currie from Alienergy, who also oversees the Energy Project on behalf of the Community Council, had great expertise to share, as did two representatives from Renewables Now based at the Marine Resource Centre Barcaldine, who were able to advise on heat pumps among other things. In addition there was a range of informative posters, leaflets etc. from Argyll and Bute Council, Scottish Power Renewables, the Energy Saving trust, he Grab Trust and Zero Waste Scotland.

Information had a practical face with the bicycle which powered light bulbs, several household gadgets such as fridge thermometers to monitor energy use and a range of eco toys. John McCormick and Stephen Green, the two Energy Project Officers, and members of their steering committee were there to discuss the areas they had been working on over the past year and to explain how far they had got in making the island more sustainable and reducing the carbon footprint.

Unfortunately, following a subsequent meeting of the Community Council who ran the project, it was their last event, for the moment at least, as there is no more funding. However much has been accomplished in a short time thanks to the efforts of John, Stephen, Mandie Curry of the community Council, and the keen volunteers. Much of what has already been done has been reported in these pages and more can been seen on this website.

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