Dive Into Your Bins During Energy Saving Week

This year’s Energy Saving Week is being celebrated right now, between the 20th and 26th October. 2008.

Energy Saving Week is designed to promote positive action among householders through a concentrated programme of events across the UK, via a range of partner organisations and the Energy Saving Trust’s network of regional advice centres.

The aim is to help consumers learn how they can reduce their carbon footprint and show how significant savings can be made in money, energy and time by making a few changes.

Of course, it’s a very small sideways step from making an effort to save energy, to living more sustainably and reducing your rubbish and there are lots of interesting facts throughout their website on the benefits of composting and rainwater harvesting amongst others.

The guys at the Energy Saving Trust say they ‘understand that time and money is something most of us do not have an abundance of’ and they’ve got a funky little interactive clock gadget to show you how to start making instant savings.

As Karen Lawrence, head of advice, at the Energy Saving Trust explains:

Climate change is arguably one of the most important global issues now affecting millions of UK households. It is no longer just a Government problem to be tackled on a policy level, but something everyone is thinking about on a daily basis. We’ve all been asked to change certain daily habits: dustbin-days have gone topsy-turvy as councils re-think their recycling programmes, major supermarkets now charge shoppers for carrier bags forcing us to think twice before using plastic bags.

We’re constantly being shown targets and timelines telling us what the nation has to achieve and by when to help fight climate change. But how on earth are we expected to fit an eco-rich lifestyle into our time-poor lives? Energy Saving Week is the perfect opportunity to discover your Green/Life Balance.

We’re urging people to take time to make time to change their households’ habits to help fight climate change. It doesn’t take long to get things started – there are lots of things you can do in just ten minutes.

They have a fact packed section on the subject of waste and I’ve nobbled a few of their top tips on simple ways to start reducing it. You can read all the tips here.

Recycling reminders:

Making a note on your calendar or fridge will provide a visual reminder of the day/dates your recycling is collected. Nine out of ten UK residents now have access to a doorstep recycling collection.

Whole house recycling:

It’s common for people to recycle in the kitchen but forget other rooms. Recycle the waste from all the bins in your house. For example, if you can recycle plastic bottles then all plastic bottles can go into your collection, including shampoo bottles.

Reusing leftovers:

Wasted food is a waste of money and, when sent to landfill, a major contributor to climate change because it breaks down to produce methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas. If we in the UK stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, for example by reusing leftovers rather than throwing them away, it would have the same impact on carbon emissions as taking one in five cars off our roads.

Mix it up:

By composting at home you can save as much carbon as your kettle produces annually. The key to good compost is to get a good mix of wet and sappy materials with dry and fibrous ones. This will ensure your bin has all the moisture and air it needs to compost successfully. Visit the Recycle Now Home Compost site to find out more.

Ditch the disposables:

Use products with a longer life, such as energy saving light bulbs, which can last around ten times longer than standard bulbs. You could also buy more concentrated versions of many products such as your washing detergent or washing up liquid.

Be sure to look at their partner list and take advantage of great discounts being offered and maybe attend some of the events taking place around the country.

And finally, don’t forget to register your interest and download their little widget to help spread the word and keep an eye on how big this thing gets as it rolls around the country.

Bin that!

Rubbishly yours,