Energy Saving Challenges
Monday: Use the stairs – no lifts!
Why: OK, lifts might not use the biggest amount of energy however, stair climbing has multi health benefits – it raises your heartbeat which helps protect against high blood pressure, weight gain and clogged arteries. It also burns more calories than jogging, improves your energy and helps keep osteoporosis at bay and is great for your mental health. All of that and climbing the stairs is free!
Tuesday: Walk or cycle – don’t drive to work (if you can).
Why: We all know the impact the car has had on the environment and you may think that your short 1 mile journey to work in the car isn’t the most terrible thing in the world but cars use more CO2 when they are cold and it’s estimated that the average car emits 574g of CO2 per mile. Ten journeys equates to 8kg of CO2 which multiplied by 1000’s becomes a significant amount. And we haven’t even touched on the manufacturing, running costs and disposal of a vehicle. Plus, as we learnt from Monday, walking is good for you!
Wednesday: Switch off your equipment when not in use
Why: We do have time switches on a lot of our equipment in the office which switch off during set times but you probably don’t manually switch off equipment at home. They continue to draw power even when plugged in so you could conserve energy and reduce your energy bill by switching off at the plug or unplugging completely.
Thursday: Think before you switch on
Why: Imagine your house is powered by pedal power only. It will take 18 cyclists to power your hair dryer, 17 for the washing machine, 30 to boil your kettle, 70 so you can have a shower, 9 to make your toast for breakfast and whatever you do, don’t be hoovering while the oven is on and the kids are on the X-Box – you just won’t have enough room for all the cyclists needed!
Friday: Install a water butt (and shower with a friend or two)
Why: Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink…..we know it’s coming – the threat of the dreaded hosepipe ban the minute the sun has been out for longer than 48 hours. Already Bewl Water is down by 10,000 mega-litres compared to its maximum 31,000 capacity due to a dry winter – and that was reported in mid May. So, turn off taps when brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, fill that machine before switching it on, hang your washing out – don’t use the dryer and install a water butt in the garden.
Post by: Katie Randall, Environmental Manager AXA Healthcare