I am pleased to announce the new Eco Warriors are:
Year 6 - Josh and Nia
Year 5 - Kathryn and Aidan
Year 4 - Megan and George
Year 3 - Toby and Eve
Year 2 - Thomas and Isla
Year 1 - Leo and Lara
Log on to 'the Pod' and click on the link 'Student Zone' to find the latest Eco news, games, Ezines, movies and help to be part of your very own Eco Club.
Switch off fortnight 5 - 16th November
Please log on to thepod with your family (www.jointhepod.org/energypledge) to make an energy saving pledge together.
Did you know that energy used in the home accounts for over a quarter of the UK’s total CO2 emissions*? Why not take what you’ve learnt from the Big Energy Show activity home and monitor the amount of energy you use around the house, then set your family targets to reduce it? Sit down with your family, and tell them what you’ve learnt about wasting electricity: how it can harm the environment and increase your energy bills. Then take a look at the checklist below, for some of the simple things that you can do to save electricity, and tick them off when they’re completed or you and your family are doing them regularly:
1 Turn your central heating down. Reducing your room temperature by just 1°C could save you between £85 and £90 a year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required, rather than all the time.
2 If you’re not in the room – turn the lights off. Even if you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again.
3 Consider investing in a smart heating control that lets you control your heating remotely (e.g. through your mobile phone) so you can adjust it from wherever you are.
4 Turn your washing machine down to 30 degrees – and always make sure the drum is full before putting it on (one full load uses less energy than two half loads).
5 Consider upgrading old appliances. Fridge freezers that are more than 15 years old, for example, are likely to be using more electricity than required. Dust the back of the fridge once a year to keep it running efficiently.
6 When boiling a kettle, only fill the kettle with the water you need immediately – you’ll save around £7 a year.
7 Fix leaky taps. A dripping hot tap wastes energy from heating as well as up to 95 litres of water a day**.
8 Use a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap and you could save £30 a year in energy bills.
9 Draught-proof windows and doors, and block cracks in floors and skirting boards, to save up to £25 to £35 a year on energy bills.
10 Don’t put hot food in the fridge – let it cool down first otherwise the heat will warm the rest of the fridge and the fridge will need to work harder to cool down.
11 Where possible, dry clothes on a line or airer instead of using a tumble dryer.
12 And finally, remember, if you’re not using it – turn it off! You could save around £30 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode.
If you have any good ideas for saving energy at home, why not share them by posting a blog on the Pod?
2nd January - 22 February 2019 - Big Schools' Birdwatch
6th February 2019 - Safer Internet Day
4th March 2019 - Waste Week
22nd March 2019 - World Water Day
20th May 2019 - Walk to School Week
November is Energy Month
DID YOU KNOW? At the end of a TV programme there is often a sudden increase in the amount of electricity that’s used in people’s homes. Why do you think this could be? ● Surges in demand totalling 4,348 MW were recorded for the Brazil games during the 2014 World Cup, equivalent to 1.75 million kettles being switched on. ● The record for a single match though goes to the 1990 World Cup semi-final between Italy and Argentina, which saw a 2,000 MW surge in demand afterwards, equivalent to 800,000 kettles being switched on. ● To ensure we have enough power for these surges, the National Grid instructs hydroelectric plants to increase their output and, if needed, buy in additional electricity from France.