Energy day fun

SOLAR panel making, pedal-powered household appliances, paint spinning and draught excluder making were among fun activities enjoyed by Backwell residents to raise awareness of energy use.

The Big Green Energy Day, organised by environmental group, Sustainable Backwell, was the finale of an eight-week project following a �40,000 national cash award.

More than 60 adults and children discovered how long it takes to power an energy-saving lightbulb, compared to a normal one and got hands-on experience of the benefits of solar panels and other power-saving gadgets.

Sustainable Backwell spokesman Chris Richards, said: “It was really good fun and a useful exercise in changing behaviour and attitudes.

“When people get to experience these things for themselves it makes more of a lasting impression than if we just talk to them.”

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The project involved a series of events including a household survey, a roadshow giving tips on insulation and economy advice, and an open doors event looking at reduction measures and renewable energy.

Three of the village’s important buildings, the community hall, the leisure centre and the secondary school have also been subject to energy surveys.

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Chris added: “It will help them reduce consumption and make them more energy efficient in the future.

“The grant was geared towards working in the village and has helped empower the community.”

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