“Just think how much we could save if the whole population of 60+ million managed to stop wasting electricity.”
PROJECT ONE: INFRARED PHOTOS OF YOUR HOME
The town council has sponsored an infra-red camera:
This is part of the environment working group’s look at our carbon footprint:
Low Carbon Town
Carbon Footprint Project
Sidmouth Town Council’s Environment Working Group were working with Exeter university on ways to get unengaged members of the community to be more engaged in the Environmental agenda. They were attempting to get people to look at their carbon footprint individually possibly using incentives and peer pressure to do this. Such a bottom-up approach across Sidmouth would be different to elsewhere and could allow a more accurate estimation of the impact of any interventions made. An update would be given at the next meeting.
Infrared Camera Project
Sidmouth Town Council had purchased an infrared camera and would be offering residents in the Sidmouth area the chance to have infrared photos of their homes so they can see where they are losing heat. No specific advice would be given but residents could independently look at improving their homes saving money and reducing their carbon footprint.
There are other issues for the working group to consider – such as encouraging us to waste less energy.
PROJECT TWO: WORKING OUT HOW MUCH ENERGY YOU USE
A correspondent has sent in a link to a piece about how ‘vampire appliances are sucking your cash’:
How 23% of your electricity bill may come from devices you aren’t using
The correspondent continues:
“Just think how much we could save if the whole population of 60+ million managed to stop wasting electricity. It is also about other stuff I have seen recently such as a 5 option choice question about what uses most power, people didn’t know that things with a motor …. like vacuum cleaners … used more energy than cookers.”
With a very full consideration of these from OVO Energy:
And there are indeed lots of ways to cut down on energy use:
We’ve gathered 14 of the easiest energy-saving tips typically used in energy-efficient homes, so you can tick them off your list and start saving.
1. Get your boiler serviced
2. Draught proof your home
3. Reset the boiler timer
4. Draw the curtains
5. Insulate your home
6. Turn down thermostat
7. Install a smart thermostat
8. Clear your radiators
9. Take appliances off standby
10. Fit energy-efficient light bulbs
11. Reduce bath volume and shower time if you heat water with electricity, don’t keep topping up the bath.
12. Wash clothes at 30 degrees
13. Use the kettle to boil water for cooking if you have an electric hob.
14. Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need
PROJECT THREE: BECOMING MORE ENERGY SELF-SUFFICIENT
And of course, we can also install some solar panels – but it’s proving difficult to find any, and not just because over the rush following events in eastern Europe:
And they do cost a fair bit:
But there might be more help on the way: