Cut the Cold, Cut the Cost

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It’s springtime already, but you wouldn’t really know it. It’s pretty chilly out there...and indoors as well. And with the price of fuel soaring, those bills just aren’t getting any lower. Wouldn’t we all like to turn down the central heating and stop watching that meter whizzing round!

If you’d like to find out about practical things that you can do to keep warm and spend less, come along on Sunday 27th March to Cut the Cold, Cut the Cost, a community event organized by Transition Leytonstone and The HEET Project, taking place from 2pm-5pm at the Methodist Church Hall, High Road, Leytonstone, E11 3DA.

Cut the Cold, Cut the Cost is your big chance to find out about saving energy and money in the home. We will answer your questions about energy efficiency grants and discounts and installing renewable energy. If you want to help your friends and family save energy and money, there’s the chance to join a local EcoTeam.

For those who want a bit of exercise, you can have a go at our bike generator and see whether you can pedal hard enough to keep the lights on!

DIYers will get demonstrations of fitting draught-strips and radiator panels; these will also be available to purchase on the spot at wholesale prices. If you’re feeling crafty, join our workshop and make a ‘sausage dog’ style draught excluder to take home – a selection of attractive furnishing fabrics are provided free of charge. There will also be an expert demonstration of the almost forgotten art of lining curtains.

All sewing at the event will take place on ’zero carbon, zero cost’ hand sewing machines. If you have a hand sewing machine gathering dust in a corner, why not bring it along to our event? Dr. Sewing Machine will get it going again – and if you’d rather not keep it, we will find it a good home.

At Cut the Cold, there is an opportunity to sign up for future free workshops in draught-proofing and curtain lining.

Transition Leytonstone are running events and showing films at different localities throughout 2010/2011. If you live in the Leytonstone area and would like to learn more about Transition, please get in touch with Ros Bedlow at or phone 0208 556 0885.