"Tell mummy to have a shorter shower"

Children pass on energy saving wisdom at Festival of Nature

3 July 2012

Bristol may have lost out to Copenhagen in its recent bid for European Green Capital status, but the appetite for all things green remains strong in the city, as evidenced by the success of the recent Big Green Week (9-17 June).

This series of well-attended events, talks and displays showcased just what a hotbed of 'eco-consciousness' Bristol is. It culminated in the annual Festival of Nature on Bristol’s waterfront, when thousands of people flocked to the city for the UK's largest free celebration of the natural world.

CSE was there as ever, and our Home Energy Team was kept busy all weekend, attracting almost 400 people over the two days. The CSE stand offered people a chance to find out about a whole range of energy saving tips and measures, and also gave them a chance to look at CSE’s model house.

Pauline Sandell was one of CSE’s team over the weekend: “Our energy advice model house was a real hit, not only with the adults learning about retrofitting solid walls and installing efficient boilers, but with children as well. They love to have a good look inside and can’t help but give everything a poke and a prod to see if it works,” Pauline explained.

We also ran a competition over the course of the weekend, inviting children to give us their best energy saving tip – with a prize of a six-in-one solar kit for the winning entry. Around 70 children took part, with suggestions ranging from using the car less and cycling or walking more through to watching less TV so you can exercise and save energy.

However, the winner was seven-year-old Grace from Bristol, whose excellent suggestion was: “Tell mummy to have a shorter shower in the morning.”

The Home Energy Team will also be attending events at Yeo Valley Farms in Cannington on Friday 13 July, which is an event for Yeo Valley staff only, and the Quedam Shopping Centre in Yeovil on Wednesday 25 July.

Meanwhile, there was some consulation for Bristol coming second in its bid for European Green Capital status – the 'climate change and energy planning' part of Bristol's bid was written with CSE’s input, and we scored higher than Copenhagen and the other runner-up, Frankfurt.


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