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Carbon footprint reduction

Climate change and reducing your carbon footprint

The Parish Council is working with Groundwork East and the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership to help reduce Kersey’s carbon footprint.

The estimate is that if every household in Kersey made five simple changes we could, in one year, reduce our carbon footprint by 200 Tonnes CO2. That is the equivalent of 63 return flights from London to Perth, Australia and, in achieving that, each household could also be saving an annual average of £140 on utility bills.

Groundwork East ask that each household completes a brief survey online. The survey is a series of questions which merely need tick box answers and will take only five minutes to complete. No personal information is required other than the first line of your address. There will be another survey in four months’ time to discover whether or not being more informed about energy use has resulted in any changes.

Click here to take the survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/greensuffolkbefore

If you are unable to complete the survey online then please ring Sarah Gill from Groundwork East on 07720 098980 to complete the survey over the telephone.

Groundwork East have given us 12 information sheets, see below, on various ways to save energy, including a list of No Cost Actions, a Draught Proofing Advice Sheet and a Water Saving Advice Sheet.

They have also provided a dedicated energy advisor who can answer individual questions and give impartial advice. Her name is Sarah Gill and she can be contacted on 07720 098980 or send an email sarah.gill@groundwork.org.uk.

The news recently has been filled with accounts of floods and fires which have resulted in loss of lives and homes and which scientists believe are caused by climate change. Turning off the lights more often seems a tiny response to a global disaster but, done by enough people, it can count.

These are the 5 simple things we can all do to start reducing our carbon footprint:

1. Switching off appliances at the wall when not in use
2. Turning your thermostat down by 1°C
3. Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need
4. Hang out the washing instead of tumble drying
5. Spend 1 minute less in the shower

All of our actions add up and if we all make some small changes to our lifestyles, we can make a difference.