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Lake District tourism businesses save energy (and more!)

Businesses in the UK waste on average 10-20% of the energy they buy, so we set about working with Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency to help tourism businesses save money and energy. The best way to calculate savings is to look at your current energy use. The next step is to look at where this energy is going, and then identify opportunities, and finally to calculate savings.

Together we found many ways to save energy and money; from draught proofing doors, to switching to LED lights, to installing recycling points. It was also great to hear about the many things that businesses are already doing. Some of my favourite ideas include refilling glass water bottles, installing light sensors, and fitting insulating curtains.

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Traditional Retrofit - Where on earth do I start?

Low Carbon Cottages - startOn several occasions I have been asked by people ‘where do I start?’ Traditional building retrofit does seem a bit daunting if you don’t have a plan.

In Carbon Footprinting one of the main principles is to understand your current performance or the baseline and this process should also highlight carbon hotspots areas where the most amount of carbon is being created and focus on reducing this area.

This is a great method to apply to your traditional holiday cottage and depending on your motivation this will change on how you assess your building.

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More trees for Cumbria?

Leaves200x133Researchers at the University of Cumbria's National School of Forestry need your help for a project gathering public opinion on woodland cover in the uplands.

Ever wondered what the Lake District fells might look like with more trees on them? Well this online survey only takes a couple of minutes and gives you the chance to view photograph simulations of potential woodland cover and comment on your preferred landscape.

Check out the survey here on the University website. Participation is much appreciated!

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