Our offices are lucky enough to be based in a special little village called Ashton Hayes in Cheshire. In January our village started a project to do our bit for global warming and set out to become the first carbon neutral village in the UK.
It's been a crazy year for the project, getting all sorts of people excited including journalists and tv companies, other communities and city councils and the government (who are supporting us in organising a conference in April to help other villages and communities do the same - LoveLula is sponsoring this too).
Whilst the village is looking into big ways of becoming more sustainable, like investing in renewable energy sources for buildings, it's the little things that can help start to make a difference...here's some of the ideas that we use in our office;
- Change old lights bulbs to energy saving ones
- Turn off and unplug computers, monitors, other equipment & lights at night - a staggering amount of the Nation's electricity bills is spent on stand by and appliances left plugged in when not used, in excess of £230 million!
- Recycle & re-use as much as possible
- By being based in a small community we provide employment for local people, cutting down on carbon emissions generated by commuters
For more energy saving tips and to find out more about Ashton Hayes visit www.goingcarbonneutral.co.uk