All week we’re celebrating Climate Week (4-10 March), the biggest annual climate change campaign dedicated to inspiring positive action.
Over 3,000 events are taking place across the country to showcase the practical ways that everyone can help create a secure and sustainable future. It’s expected that more than half a million people will attend the free sessions and learn how they can join in the fight against climate change.
At Anglian windows we’re keen supporters of Climate Week. The energy efficient benefits of our double glazing is well documented, and we’ve found that many of our house proud customers are also incredibly conscious of the impact that their lives have on the environment.
How you can do your bit?
There are all manner of things you can do around the home to live more sustainably. Here are just a few:
• Eco DIY – When giving your home a lick of paint, choose the right paint for the job and only buy what you need
• Upcycle – Don’t throw away old furniture or clothes. Give them a facelift or find another creative use for them. If you need inspiration, visit www.upcycling.co.uk
• Turn the temperature down –Wash your clothes at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees. This uses around 40% less energy – and cuts your bills!
• Keep the warmth in –Help insulate your home with draught excluders and curtains. And try turning your thermostat down by one degree, which can save you around £65 a year and 260kg of carbon
Last year we asked Twitter users for ideas as to how we can improve knowledge and create a more sustainable future. We created a Climate Opiniongraphic to capture the responses – there were some great comments from all sorts of people, including Evepia, JPCS, Local Traders.com and the Carbon Trust.
Get inspired by others
Climate Week also shines a spotlight on those people doing great work, and there are some incredible stories. Here are just a few of our favourites:
• Best Local Initiative – ‘Insulate Hampshire’, Hampshire County Council
Insulate Hampshire, in partnership with the area’s district and borough councils, is giving residents free cavity wall and loft insulation made from recycled glass
• Best Community Initiative – Manchester Carbon Literacy, Cooler Projects
This ambitious project aims to bring sustainability skills to an entire city, creating a ‘low carbon culture’. Everyone who lives, works or studies in Manchester will have access to a day of climate change learning by 2015
• Best Initiative by a Small or Medium-Sized Business – Elan Hair Design
Working with the Carbon Trust, Elan has cut emissions by 53% while striving to reach 90% by 2014. Solar panels are used for hot water, LED lighting uses 80% less electricity and redesigned basins cut water consumption by 64%. Even the furniture and floor tiles have been sourced sustainably or recycled
Find out more about Climate Week by visiting www.climateweek.com.