Climate change: everybody's talking about it!
Everybody may be talking about climate change but sometimes, it's not always that easy to understand the talk of energy efficiency and carbon footprints. Fear not - help is at hand with a series of events in Mansfield.
As part of a climate change campaign supported by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and run with local authorities across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, a climate change caravan will be visiting locations around the district and offering free advice and information about energy efficiency.
Participants will have the opportunity to calculate their own carbon footprint with a simple home energy self-assessment brochure and find out how to take steps to reduce it, such as through simple things like loft insulation.
Free energy-saving light bulbs will also be available.
Dates and venues are detailed below:
Tuesday 21 October
11am-1.45pmMansfield Town Centre Market Place
3pm-5pmForest Town ASDA
Tuesday 28 October
11am-1.45pm Car Park, Talbot's Public House, Market Warsop
3pm-5pm Co-op Superstore, Mansfield Woodhouse
Councillor Eddie Smith, Portfolio Holder for the Environment commented: "Climate change is something that affects all of us."
"I would urge anyone to come along to any of these events across the District and find out more about the easy and simple steps they can take to make their homes more energy efficient and do their bit to help prevent climate change and at the same time saving them money."
Climate change factoids:
The electricity to run the little clocks and lights on your VCR and microwave in Standby mode account for approximately the same that it takes to run your fridge!
270mm (10.5 inches) of loft insulation could save you around £110 a year.
Just one energy saving light bulb can reduce your lighting costs by up to £60 over the lifetime of the bulb, as they last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs!
Condensing boilers are the most energy efficient boilers.
Walls account for a third of heat loss in an uninsulated home.
Between 30% and 40% of car journeys made by the average UK household are less than 2 miles long. Walking or cycling for or short trips saves you money and keeps you fit!