My first blog entry - my journey to a lower carbon lifestyle
The journey starts here...
I have been thinking about reducing my personal carbon footprint for a while now. I have signed up to the 10:10 campaign. I will be signing up for the 20:12 campaign by WinAcc.
My current carbon footprint (household) is over 9 tonnes per year. I have an energy monitor which is currently displaying the greenhouse gass emissions of our local library which has a display of our up and coming events related to our low carbon living project - see www.alresfordgreening.org for more details.
At home I currently compost all my kitchen waste soon to be cooked aswell as uncooked food scraps. I recycle batteries, tin foil, cardboard, paper, plastic, tin, bottles. I am planning to collect milk bottle tops and recycle tetrapaks.
I have booked a local company to fill my cavity walls with recycled glass fibres on this Friday. I will complete the loft insulation over the coming weeks. All the insulation in the loft is B&Q recycled plastic (85%). I hope to board out the loft aswell to help.
So far we have 10 or more energy saving light bulbs. i am testing out a lower energy halogen and an LED in the bathroom. I plan to change all my kitchen lights over to LED - however we have plans for a new extension which will feature in my blogs.
We have also registered to change our energy supplier from N power to Ecotricity. We hope to change over to green gas when this becomes available.
As a wildlife consultant I have been working on reducing my travelling. I have been outsourcing my work to local sub contractors to reduce the carbon emissions involved in travelling hundreds of miles across the south of England. I also have plans to convert my truck to run on pure vegetable oil - see www.veggiepower.co.uk
I have also been looking at my materials that i use for my work and I am trying to source ethical and environmentally friendlier products. My business will be launching a new website and I plan to put this onto an alternative energy powered web server.
There is plenty to talk about as I go through various parts of the house, work, holiday plans, christmas to try and reduce the carbon emissions.
More to be posted soon