slow cooker400 Cornish families will be discovering the benefits of slow cooking to save energy and money over the next year following the launch of an innovative new energy efficiency project.

Over the next six months the Truro-based charity Community Energy Plus will be hosting a series of  ‘Energy Fit Kitchens’ workshops where participants will learn about cooking using the ‘slow and low’ method to turn inexpensive ingredients into a family feast.

There really is such a thing as a free dinner for those taking part in the sessions as the project will provide a free slow cooker and all of the ingredients to create a healthy family meal for all workshop participants.

The project, which has been funded by the Scottish Power Energy People Trust, has been developed by Community Energy Plus to present energy saving advice in a fun and interactive way through slow cooking demonstrations.

The kitchen accounts for a considerable part of a household’s annual energy bill and so by focusing on cooking as a major activity in the kitchen, the project will use slow cooking as a stepping stone to help workshop participants improve their energy management skills and reduce their energy bills.

A programme of 30 free events is currently being developed by Community Energy Plus to provide ‘Energy Fit Kitchens’ workshops across the length and breadth of the county.  Free places are available to low income households who are concerned about their energy bills, particularly if they have young children or a disability.  Householders wanting to sign-up for a local workshop and community groups interested in co-hosting a slow cooking workshop are encouraged to contact Community Energy Plus to express their interest by calling 01872 245566, emailing energyfit@cep.org.uk or messaging via the project’s ‘Energy Fit Kitchens’ Facebook Page.

Halls could potentially get involved by hosting one of these events but also spreading the word locally.

[Via cornwallvsf.org]

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