Big Energy Saving Week
Last week our Area 4 team were busy promoting Big Energy Savings Week which is a national campaign run by Citizens Advise to help people cut their energy bills. We have been raising awareness about climate change and responsible use of energy both at home and at work.
Promotion included an information pack, posters and a presentation for the reception screen.
The week included a special energy quiz where the winning prize was a portable solar power bank.
And, on Friday there was a lunchtime presentation about the science of climate change and energy conservation to raise awareness on the causes and impact of climate change.
The key message of the week is that we can all make several small changes to reduce our energy consumption to save money and reduce carbon emissions.
For example, in the work place;
· Office lights left on overnight use enough energy to heat a home for almost 3 months
· Air conditioning an office for 1 extra hour a day uses enough energy in a month to power a TV for 1 year
· A photocopier left on standby overnight wastes enough energy to make 21 cups of tea
· A 2°C increase in temperature creates enough CO² in a year to fill a hot air balloon
And at home;
· Take short showers instead of baths
· Turn the tap off while brushing teeth
· Only run washing machines and dishwashers with full load
· Fix dripping taps and other leaks
· Only boil enough water for what you need in your kettle
· Use a water butt to collect rainwater for watering your garden or washing your car
· Turn switches off when possible
· Use timers
· Adjust temperature settings