A Green Village
A number of initiatives are being considered in order to turn Hethersett into a green village. Some of the possible actions that will be considered include the following:
The parish council is taking the lead by considering the following:
The public is being urged to join in by making possible savings in a number of ways including the following
Below we expand on some of the ways you can help:
Is your home letting out heat unnecessarily? What about insulation - cavity walls and loft? If they need doing or improving you may be eligible for a grant towards the cost. Find out by contacting South Norfolk District Council. They can carry out a carbon footprint assessment.
How do you heat your home and is it controlled and not wasteful? Why not check the temperature control(s) and reduce them by a degree or two.
Are your electric lights fitted with economy bulbs? Remember the Government is proposing to terminate the sale of ordinary bulbs by 2011. So you might as well get used to the energy saving ones now. Each bulb lasts years and uses a small amount of energy compared with the old ones.
Do you leave lights on unnecessarily? If so switch them off when not in use.
Similarly switch off television sets and computers and other electrical equipment rather than leaving them on stand-by.
Water is cheap and readily available but brining it to you requires the use of energy. Clean drinkable water is constantly on tap, but only through the energy used to get it clean and then to pump it into your home. So don't let it go to waste. If you are making a cup of tea just boil sufficient water. Make sure you don't let the tap run when you are cleaning your teeth. On average four pints are washed away unnecessarily every time you clean your teeth and leave the tap running. That can amount to over 180 gallons being wasted every year ( and that figure is based on just one teeth clean per day!!)
Do you collect rain water for your plants or do you use water more than once e.g why not use water in which you have cleaned vegetables to water your hanging baskets, plant tubs etc.
Stop using plastic bags. Get some re-usable cloth bags for shopping.
Ask yourself whether you really need to use that car. Walking will help you to get fit as well as on energy
Review everything you do and try to find different and economic ways to achieve things.