Do you want to save energy, and money, reduce waste and help to create a ‘greener’ Odiham and North Warnborough?
As everyone is aware, we are all facing a global climate crisis and a global energy crisis which has just become even more acute. Even with the government action to cap energy prices at £2500 per annum for gas and electricity users, most of us will be facing a significant rise. Odiham Parish Council has adopted an environmental action plan and taken two important steps to mitigate the effects of climate change and energy price challenges in our community. These are a Biodiversity Action Plan to address the way we manage OPC owned land, and to join the Greening Campaign which is a community action programme.
Working together, our community can begin to make a difference to help our environment and save a lot of money by each making small changes.
What is the ‘Greening Campaign’? Put simply, the campaign aims to encourage and support local people to take easy and straightforward steps to reduce energy consumption, support biodiversity and mitigate climate change. You may have responded in May and June to a vote to choose 8 actions we can all take – this is phase 1.
You could save up to £500 per year by taking the 8 actions below:
What are the small actions Odiham and North Warnborough chose? In May and June some 1000 local people voted in the poll to choose the actions we would take as a community. All three schools took part as well as many community groups and residents. The top 8 choices were:
|· Turn off lights when leaving a room (non-LED)
|· Replace all bulbs with LEDs
|· Turn off all standbys
|· Air dry clothes (on a line or airer)
|· Boil only the amount of water needed
|· Turn the thermostat down by 1°C
|· Reduce shower time by 1 Minute
|· Go vegetarian an extra day a week
*monetary values are changing rapidly – these figures are slightly higher in some cases than those on the cards which were printed in September. All values from the Energy Saving Trust website.
This campaign is for everyone. We are asking you to take as many of these actions as you can. You will be amazed how much money you will save – at the time of writing it is approaching £500 pa. If you already do all of these, additional actions you can take are listed below.
A card listing the changes we voted for as a community will be delivered to all households in Odiham Parish w/b 8th October. If you need another copy you can download it from Here.
PLEASE DISPLAY YOUR CARD AT HOME – THERE WILL BE A COUNT BETWEEN 31st October and 7th November. If your house cannot be seen from the road – use a green ribbon or some other indication you are taking part which is visible from the road. You can collect a free ribbon from the Stitching Room on the High St.
The count will be used to calculate how much we are saving as a community.
We believe this is an important campaign that could benefit us all –individuals, families, organisations, businesses and the Parish as a whole.
|Annual Saving £
|Annual Saving CO2e kg
|Wash laundry at 30°C
|Top up loft insulation to a depth of 270mm
|Install cavity wall insulation
|Upgrade your TV from A+ to A+++
|Insulate the hot water tank to a
depth of 75mm
|Install a low flow showerhead (4 people)
|Wash up using a bowl
|Draught proof around doors and windows
|Halve your food waste by making a
meal plan and using up leftovers
|Buy second hand furniture over new –
1 item in a year