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"Save energy" drive for Yorkshire Dales

Monday 21 July 2003

DALES communities will this week receive visits from energy-saving experts to advise residents how to cut back on their heating bills - and help reduce global warming and other pollution.

In a joint venture between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Dales Millennium Trust, a travelling exhibition will tour the area all week in a drive paid for by DEFRA's new sustainable development fund.

Staff aboard the energy bus will give advice on how to cut fuel bills by using solar or wind power within the national park's stringent planning law, as well as suggestions for extra insulation and other energy-saving methods.

Ruth Collins, programme assistant at the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre, said: "The Dales Energy Roadshow is a little bus with big ideas. Currently, just 3% of the United Kingdom's energy requirements are met by renewable energy while the Government has set a target for 10% of all the UK's energy needs to be met from renewable sources by 2010."

The Dales Energy Roadshow will be at the following locations (10:30am until 4pm):

Hawes (market place) Tuesday 22 July
Sedbergh (market place) Wednesday 23 July
Leyburn (market place) Friday 25 July
Settle (market square) Tuesday 29 July
Skipton (High Street) Thursday 31 July
Reeth agricultural show Wednesday 27 August

For further information and an application pack for the Yorkshire Dales Sustainable Development Fund, contact the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust on (015242) 51002.


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