Save hot water,
save energy, save money
CONSUMERS are being
encouraged this week to think about their use of hot water in
economic and environmental terms as part of the 15th Energy Savings
Week running since 24 October to 28 October 2011.
The Consumer Council for Water is urging people to think about their
hot water and how they might use it more efficiently to both save
money and to help reduce their impact on the environment. Around
one-third of a household's energy bill relates to heating and hot
water for use in baths or showers or for washing clothes and dishes.
By taking simple steps to use hot water more efficiently, households
could see a reduction in their energy bill, and those who are
charged for their water by meter could see a reduction in their
water bill too.
Cutting back on the hot water you use will also cut your carbon
footprint, or the amount of CO2 you create through your daily
activities. It is estimated that about one-fifth of a household's
carbon footprint comes from heating water at home.
Dame Yve Buckland, Chair of the Consumer Council for Water, said:-
"Taking a few minutes to consider whether you are able to
benefit from some simple efficiency tips could pay off in the long
run. It could also have the added benefit of helping reduce not only
costs but also your carbon footprint."
► Replace worn washers on leaky taps. A
dripping hot water tap wastes both water and energy and over a year
could unnecessarily add over £12 to your annual water bill if on a
► Shorten your shower. For every minute
less you spend under the shower you could save money. Or go one step
further and install a water-saving shower head, which can cut the
amount of water used by about 30%.
► When putting the kettle on to boil, only
fill it with as much water as necessary. Two-thirds of us boil more
water than we need.
► Make sure that the dishwasher or washing
machine is full before turning it on, and avoid using the half load
setting. Half-load cycles use much more than half the energy and
water of a full load.
► Washing machines use huge amounts of
energy, 90% of which is through heating water. By reducing the
temperature from 40 to 30 degrees, energy consumption will be
reduced by 40%.
► The hot water cylinder thermostat should
be set at 60°C (140°F). Any higher is a waste of energy and could
lead to scalding.
► Insulate the hot water cistern to avoid
wasting energy to keep it hot. Fitting a jacket that is at least
75mm thick could save around £40 each year.
A full list of water saving tips is available online at:-
ccwater.org.uk where you will
also find a link to the Energy Saving Trust's brand new Energy-Water
Pumpkins to an Earthly Grave this Halloween!
RESIDENTS in Sefton are
being urged to "Recycle Your Pumpkins" this Halloween
by including them in their kerbside food waste collections provided
by North West-based Palm Recycling Ltd, which undertakes recycling
on behalf of the Sefton Council.
With Halloween increasingly celebrated in the UK, and Pumpkin
Lanterns an essential part of the fun, Palm Recycling is keen to
promote Sefton’s food waste collection service as a convenient and
very environmentally friendly way of disposing of gruesome lanterns
to give them an ecologically sound send off to the afterlife.
Residents, who have opted into the food waste collection scheme,
need only remove candles and tea lights, along with any metal
handles, and cut the pumpkin up to fit in their food waste caddy.
Recently deceased pumpkins, together with any glass bottles, jars
and paper waste from ghoulish gatherings and Halloween parties, can
be disposed of safe in the knowledge that they will meet a less than
grizzly end, but instead recycled into new and useful
Clare Bowdler, Recycling Services Officer, Sefton Council, said:-
"Sefton residents were the first in Merseyside to be able to
recycle their food waste and this weekly collection is the perfect
service to recycle pumpkins after Halloween. It is amazing how
much food we waste, but now we can divert what was once thought of
as waste, away from landfill, where it can be recycled into
something useful, which in this case is horticultural products."
Palm Recycling Scheme Supervisor for Sefton, Ruairi Holyoake,
added:- "The weekly kerbside food waste collection scheme
works in harmony with the collection of a wide range of materials
for recycling, such as glass bottles and jars, paper, tins, cans and
textiles. The food waste goes to a special processing plant in West
Yorkshire where it is treated in an enclosed vessel and the end
product is used for horticultural applications."
Residents who are not currently opted into the scheme can request a
food waste bin for outside, an indoor kitchen-handy food caddy and
an information pack, free of charge, by contacting Sefton Council
on:- 0845 140 0845. Extra or replacement recycling bags and boxes
can also be requested by calling this number.