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Reducing carbon cost + saving money...

Post by jtaylor » Sat Mar 18, 2006 10:53 am

An environment enthusiast at work mentioned this one to me, and it set me thinking......
A mobile phone charger if left plugged in when not charging will be responsible for between 35 to 70kg C02 over the year. Always unplug the mobile phone charger when not in use. Feel it, the warmth is caused by the constant consumption of electricity.
Given the number of kids at CH who must have mobiles, I wonder how many mobile chargers are left plugged-in, and are wasting money and contributing to CO2 production?

On anothe note, I finally moved over to a water meter this month - predicted saving of >£300 per year.....

Anyone got other easy-to-do suggestions for saving money and the environment....?

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Post by Mrs C. » Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:52 am

Perhaps someone would like to ask the Bursar just how much the school forks out annually for power..... and how much that bill has increased in the last few years, not only due to price increases, but also due to the huge number of electrical items that all the pupils can`t live without these days.

It`s not just chargers - it`s lights, music systems, laptops etc etc - I`m forever turning things off when I`m on duty . it only takes a second to switch somthing off - but teenagers do not seem to be programmed to do that!!

(and it`s a sometimes case of " we pay school, school pays for power, so we`re paying for it anyway. And school has stacks of money anyway so why does it matter if we leave things on ?" False assumptions, I`m afraid.)

Anyone got any ideas on how to make them more aware???
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Re: Reducing carbon cost + saving money...

Post by Mid A 15 » Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:48 pm

jtaylor wrote:An environment enthusiast at work mentioned this one to me, and it set me thinking......
A mobile phone charger if left plugged in when not charging will be responsible for between 35 to 70kg C02 over the year. Always unplug the mobile phone charger when not in use. Feel it, the warmth is caused by the constant consumption of electricity.
Given the number of kids at CH who must have mobiles, I wonder how many mobile chargers are left plugged-in, and are wasting money and contributing to CO2 production?

On anothe note, I finally moved over to a water meter this month - predicted saving of >£300 per year.....

Anyone got other easy-to-do suggestions for saving money and the environment....?

J
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Post by J.R. » Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:37 pm

Mrs C. wrote:Perhaps someone would like to ask the Bursar just how much the school forks out annually for power..... and how much that bill has increased in the last few years, not only due to price increases, but also due to the huge number of electrical items that all the pupils can`t live without these days.

It`s not just chargers - it`s lights, music systems, laptops etc etc - I`m forever turning things off when I`m on duty . it only takes a second to switch somthing off - but teenagers do not seem to be programmed to do that!!

(and it`s a sometimes case of " we pay school, school pays for power, so we`re paying for it anyway. And school has stacks of money anyway so why does it matter if we leave things on ?" False assumptions, I`m afraid.)

Anyone got any ideas on how to make them more aware???
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Post by englishangel » Sat Mar 18, 2006 7:04 pm

Mrs C. wrote:Perhaps someone would like to ask the Bursar just how much the school forks out annually for power..... and how much that bill has increased in the last few years, not only due to price increases, but also due to the huge number of electrical items that all the pupils can`t live without these days.

It`s not just chargers - it`s lights, music systems, laptops etc etc - I`m forever turning things off when I`m on duty . it only takes a second to switch somthing off - but teenagers do not seem to be programmed to do that!!

(and it`s a sometimes case of " we pay school, school pays for power, so we`re paying for it anyway. And school has stacks of money anyway so why does it matter if we leave things on ?" False assumptions, I`m afraid.)

Anyone got any ideas on how to make them more aware???
Perhaps they could email them to my husband as well.

He has been away this week and it has been quite nice sleeping in a room without little green, red and orange lights in every corner.

Oh yes, and he took the car so I was walking the 2 miles to work every day.
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Post by Great Plum » Sun Mar 19, 2006 9:53 am

Mrs C. wrote:Perhaps someone would like to ask the Bursar just how much the school forks out annually for power..... and how much that bill has increased in the last few years, not only due to price increases, but also due to the huge number of electrical items that all the pupils can`t live without these days.

It`s not just chargers - it`s lights, music systems, laptops etc etc - I`m forever turning things off when I`m on duty . it only takes a second to switch somthing off - but teenagers do not seem to be programmed to do that!!

(and it`s a sometimes case of " we pay school, school pays for power, so we`re paying for it anyway. And school has stacks of money anyway so why does it matter if we leave things on ?" False assumptions, I`m afraid.)

Anyone got any ideas on how to make them more aware???
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Post by jtaylor » Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:30 am

Movement sensors on the lights would be a good idea - we have these at work in our support department - the temptation to spell a word in the ceiling lights in the morning when nobody else is on.....
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Post by Vonny » Sun Mar 19, 2006 12:34 pm

jtaylor wrote:Movement sensors on the lights would be a good idea - we have these at work in our support department
Annoying if you sit still for a while though as they switch off and you have to wave your arms about like a mad fool to get them to switch on again! :roll: :lol:
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Re: Reducing carbon cost + saving money...

Post by Vonny » Sun Mar 19, 2006 12:40 pm

jtaylor wrote:On anothe note, I finally moved over to a water meter this month - predicted saving of >£300 per year.....
When we moved last year we moved to a house with a water meter and I was a bit scepical but it has saved us a fair bit in the last year and we now live in a much bigger house than we had before. And that's with 2 kids who are in & out the toilets every 5 minutes :roll:
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Post by Laura M » Sun Mar 19, 2006 9:20 pm

The grecians houses have lights on a timer so they turn off after a while. However that mwas really irritating when you were heading down the stairs at night and found yourself plunged into darkness.
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Post by Hendrik » Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:46 am

get a composter. if you don't have one, you really should. councils sell them heavily subsidised (cost you about a tenner) or some councils give them away for free.

they are incredibly low maintenance. you shove in biodegradables, stir it around twice a year and it gives you amazing stuff in a year or so. the difference the compost produced made to our flower bed has to be seen to be believed.
if the composter gets a bit dry in the summer, chuck in a litre of water or so.
if you find you can fit more in there than you have to put in there, ask your neighbours if you can take their bio rubbish away, unless they also have a composter, they won't say no. or bin raid the big green biowaste wheelie bins which some councils provide.
you can also feed composters newspapers and eggboxes etc.

and they don't smell even a bit!

p.s. if you want no hassle organic veg: instead of throwing away potatoes, onions, carrots and stuff which has started to sprout, simply scatter them around the base of the composter (where lots of nutrients leach out), cover them with grass cuttings and enough water to soak the lot. the result for me was the tastiest potatoes i have ever had in my -albeit short so far- life.

both of these save money and the environment.

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Post by Mark1 » Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:29 pm

Actually, in new Maine, there are movement sensors on the lights in the toilets/showers/bathrooms, so that technology is being implemented. On the other hand, all the corridor lights stay on at half power during the night... necessary?



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Post by Great Plum » Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:14 am

Mark1 wrote:Actually, in new Maine, there are movement sensors on the lights in the toilets/showers/bathrooms, so that technology is being implemented. On the other hand, all the corridor lights stay on at half power during the night... necessary?



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Post by Mrs C. » Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:26 am

GRW has its very own light monitor - in the form of Darthmaul.
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Post by ben ashton » Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:31 am

i think people should stop spending all day on this forum ;)
think of the planet!
lets make a recyclable paper version instead...
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