"Sustainable St Andrews Fair 2013, 4th-5th October, St Andrews Town Hall, Queen's Gardens. Open from Friday 4th, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm and Saturday 5th, 10.00 am to 3.30 pm. Entrance FREE
Sustainable St Andrews Fair – Invite.
St Andrews Environmental Network in partnership with Transition University of St Andrews would like to invite you to visit our 2013 Sustainable St Andrews Fair to be held in the Town Hall, St Andrews on both Friday from 11:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:30pm. A number of workshops will be running through out both days.
Sustainable St Andrews Fair – workshop programme.
Work shops Friday 4th October
11:30 – 11:50 Vinegar magic
12:00 – 12:45 Smart Cooking
13:00 – 13:30 Shine on Fife
13:30 – 14:30 Q & A on renewables
15:00 – 15:30 How to cut down your energy usage
15:30 – 16:00 Vinegar magic
All Day Fun with transition - fun activities suitable for all ages
Work shops Saturday 5th October
All Day Fun with transition - fun activities suitable for all ages
All Day Plastics are fantastic - fun activities suitable for all ages
13:00 - 13:45 Smart Cooking
14:00 - 14:30 How to cut down your energy usage
15:00 - 15:30 Vinegar magic
Events attended during FRESHERS WEEK 2013
We were invited by Transition University of St Andrews to take part in their Freshers Week events. We arrived in St Mary’s Quadrant on Monday 9th September. The excellent weather and lovely surroundings allowed for a great turn out of freshers to this event. New students found many stands at the event giving helpful advice about how they can lead a greener, healthier, ethical life.
StAndEN were there to offer advice and help to students entering private rented accommodation of the do’s and don’t’s of keeping their energy bills down and to advise students entering halls of residence of the mind set they have to start thinking about and putting into practice for a healthier, greener way ahead.
As a result of this event a number of students are going to be visited by StAndEN who are to carry out an energy audit at their home.
The following pictures show how the event faired.
SOLASTIC DAY at the AUGUST FARMERS MARKET ST ANDREWS
A warm windy day brought out the shoppers from all areas while the StAndEN team waited patiently for what the day would bring them on their third promotion for the “Shine on Fife” project.
The team did not have to wait long, two ladies, very keen to install Solar are now reconsidering after a bad experience and are going to call us soon to visit them. Another gentleman took our details, also keen to look at this will contact us soon. We often find people do not like to sign the dotted line or make a decision before consulting with the other half, however the enthusiasm was 100% and we are fairly sure they will come back to us or straight to Home Energy Scotland.
One gentleman realising the opportunity signed up for an immediate visit with StAndEN and was delighted that help was on hand from StAndEN and Home Energy Scotland for advice and help prior to choosing and installing a Solar System for his home. We have already visited this gentleman and organised a visit from our renewable expert to advise what he should be looking for and asking when getting quotes from installers.
Another gentleman from St Andrews spoke about his solar system and how pleased he is with it and a lady from St Andrews shared with us the great savings she has made since installing Solar PV’s and it is possible some may be willing to consider joining the Green Homes Network. A number of other people were given general energy advice and are all to be followed up with a visit to their homes.
The Ladies British Golf may have been called off due to the wind but the sun was shining for all Solar enthusiasts.
|StAndEN have a few suggestions that can help you personally, help others and help save our planet all at the same time.|
Our energy efficiency team believe that the only way to reduce our carbon footprint is to make you aware of how you can contribute towards reducing your own carbon footprint and through benefiting oneself can simultaneously benefit others. There are so many things you can do and here are a number of items you can consider and put into action now.
Unplug Unused Electronics & Lower Your Electric Bill Up to 10% of electricity used in homes is generated while your electronics are in standby mode. The solution is simple; unplug unused electronics. Don't leave your cell phone or computer chargers plugged in when you're not using them. Only plug in appliances like your toaster and your blender when you use them.
Reduce, Reuse & Save - Go on a Shopping Diet Reduce debt,or save money for the future. A shopping diet will save you money, why, well the less you spend the less you spend. When you consume less you put less strain on the environment. Help the environment by eating locally. Your food won't have to travel so far, hence reducing the amount of gasoline required to transport it. Reduce your waistline while reducing your carbon footprint and walk or cycle to your local farmer's market.
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient The things you can do that are not expensive to do. Lower your thermostat by just a degree or two. It will save you money and reduce your carbon footprint significantly. Close your well lined winter curtains to keep the heat in. Turn off lights when not needed. Be aware that most electricity is produced by fossil fuels and adds carbon emissions to our atmosphere. Lowering your energy usage prevents uneeded emissions.
Make Your Car More Efficient There are various things you need to know. The larger the load the more fuel you burn. Driving aggressively burns more fuel. Running daily errands uses up more fuel. Soft tyres uses up more fuel. So cut down on unecessary trips by planning ahead. Review the way you drive. Check your tyres regularly. Car Share where possible with coworkers or consider other modes of transport that produce less carbon emissions than automobiles, like taking the bus or cycling.
Take Note Of Your Own Home Energy Usage Identify where and how to save power in your home. Keep an energy diary. Start using low energy light bulbs. Is your loft insulation at least 11 inches deep? Do you have uninsulated cavity walls? Talk to your local energy champion for guidance on how to do this.
Whatever you decide to do, understand that your actions will reduce our carbon footprint and bring us closer towards helping our environment and A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL.
STANDEN is a committee of the Royal Burgh of St Andrews Community Council and it has been awarded a grant of over £100,000 from the Climate Challenge Fund to reduce the carbon footprint of the Royal Burgh of St Andrews by 3% of the 2008 levels. This amounts to 921 tonnes of C02 annually. These savings will be made, through among other things, visiting as many houses as possible in St Andrews to carry out surveys and provide advice on smart meters to reduce energy consumption, solar panels, draught proofing, heating controls, boilers, energy assistance packages, reflective film behind radiators on outside walls and possibly double-glazing. As well as helping people obtain the grant funding available towards such works.
STANDEN will oversee this exciting project which will be delivered by the Board and Staff of STANDEN. The Board comprises two Community Councillors and a representative from the University of St Andrews, Fife Council and VONEF-Voluntary Organisations North East Fife. The staff comprises a Co-ordinator and up to four Energy Champions.
This project will build up over the summer until it is fully operational around August 2010 and must be completed by the end of March 2011.