• Heat and energy

    Idea 38 – Switch it off!

    Anyone else get a little obsessed with turning things off at the plug socket? This is a regular moan in my house as I walk around switching off lights and plugs. The habit definitely comes from my dad doing exactly the same when I was growing up. He usually added in a, “Were you born in a barn?” comment for good measure. So I find myself walking around doing the same and becoming slightly obsessed. I have taken to pulling out plugs if they are left on at the wall with nothing charging. Often I find those plugs feel slightly hot to the touch. I worry about the fire risk…

  • Community,  Family Life,  Food and food waste,  Heat and energy,  Household waste,  Nature,  Uncategorized

    Idea 32 – Stay home and rediscover your garden 🌱🌷🌳

    If you had told me when I was writing Idea 4 that I would have car journeys down to under 1 most weeks I would have been quite pleased that my new bike idea was working. I wondered this week how many of the ideas I have accidentally done during this period of isolation. Having less food waste and make do and mend have definitely been put into action. Take a look below and see how many you have tried.We have also been trying a bit of seed growing with the little ones and can now say we have carrots and radishes sprouting. Thanks to Marks and Spencer for providing…

  • Community,  Heat and energy

    Idea 28 – Earth Hour – And it’s free!

    On Saturday 28th March 8:30-9:30pm we will be out on Jubilee field celebrating Earth hour. The idea is that the lights (and anything else) are off at home and we get outside for some fresh air and appreciate the magic of the nighttime with some fun activities. Apparently the queen even joins in each year with Earth hour. To celebrate Bradley Stoke style we will be on the green by the Jubilee centre. There will be star gazing and naming. Night time eco stories by torch light Glow in the dark bowling A fire for toasting marshmallows and creating s’mores Lantern trail Hot chocolate (bring you own reuseable mug) and…

  • Family Life,  Heat and energy

    Idea 26 – When a tumble dryer looks so tempting.

    On our third very windy weekend I’m thinking about drying laundry. Unfortunately it is not one of those sunny, windy days in which line drying is a breeze (excuse the pun). Nope if I tried to use my washing line today I fear that our clothes would be spread across the 6 neighbouring gardens. My washing pile is never ending, when washing is done it’s a job to get things dry and my house regularly looks like a pantomime dame wishy-washy laundry stage scene. This is the point my tumble dryer looks very temping. Over the winter months I have been trying to limit my use of a tumble dryer…

  • Family Life,  Heat and energy

    Idea 24 – Extra weight

    I feel I should be talking wind power this morning (I hope everyone has battened down the hatches and fences have survived the high winds so far). Here are some wind facts for interest: The UK is the world leader in offshore wind, with more installed capacity than any other country. Already, offshore wind powers the equivalent of 4.5 million homes annually and will generate over 10% of UK electricity by 2020. The cost of new offshore wind has fallen by 50% since 2015 and it is now one of the lowest cost options for new power in the UK – cheaper than new gas and nuclear power. Instead I’m…

  • Christmas,  Family Life,  Heat and energy

    Idea 18 – Lighting the way

    I have just had a reread of our Eco-Christmas leaflet to see how I was doing.Here is my tick list🎁 Buy less ✔️🎁 Buy second hand ✔️🎁 Buy local ✔️🎁 Attending local school/craft fairs✔️🎁 Donating items to charities (baby bank)✔️🎁 Be mindful of waste ✔️ More on purchasing reusable wrapping later 🎄💡 But one thing I haven’t done is put my Christmas lights on a timer. 💡🎄I bought a plug timer last Christmas but haven’t used it. My mission for today is to attach the timer to the Christmas lights. This is a 10 second job (once I find the timer which will most probably take an hour) that will save a couple of hours of wasted electricity each day. On Thursday I…

  • Christmas,  Family Life,  Food and food waste,  Heat and energy,  Nature,  Work and Play

    Idea 17 – It’s a wrap! Election and wrapping paper

    Five days until elections.I’m starting this week with an interview between John Snow and Sir David Attenborough. It has made me reflect on how my thinking about this general election is different to previous ones because of climate change. I am also wondering how government will be forced to change to work harder on the climate agenda to slow climate change. Lots of links today but hopefully it will help in decision making for next Thursday. Have a look at this climate action toolkits as it explains what can be done in the lead up to the election. It even come up with our little group for this area. Some…

  • Heat and energy

    Idea 9 – Green Energy Suppliers

    To date most of my ideas have involved having to spend a little more money to help out our planet. Today’s idea will hopefully save some money. Swapping to a green supplier is apparently the third most significant life style change you can make to help the planet. No. 1 is following a plant based diet and No. 2 is swapping your car for a bike.Have you considered swapping to a green energy supplier? That is my job for this week. On an initial search I could save around £100 with a company that has 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon off set gas. It is only meant to take…

  • Family Life,  Heat and energy,  Work and Play

    Idea 4 – Just one less drive

    I say ‘just one less drive’ but actually it usually works out as two as you generally you need to get back home at the end of the day! But hey it’s all for the planet and our benefit. Over the Summer I hired a bike following a link from the South Glos Council website. Links below. I hadn’t used a bike in years but wanted to try it out in the Summer months so I could see if a commute to work was doable. Was 4.4miles too much? I had no idea. I filled in a form on line in 5minutes. There was a small wait to collect the…