Updates and Tips – Feb 2007

Good news on our planning application! Our little wind turbine will soon be installed and taking the sea air, with luck generating some 20% of our electricity. Turbines like the one we are getting are only suitable for very windy spots like ours and no good if you have any nearby obstructions like other houses, trees, slopes etc. Usually photovoltaic cells are a more efficient option if you have a sunny roof.

As to WGG, on Wednesday March 14th at 7:30pm in The George Hotel skittle alley we have a showing of the Al Gore movie, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. Such a clever title! Admission is free but please buy as many drinks as possible and if you feel able to donate to our groups funds then that would be grand. This date will take the place of our meeting for March.

At time of writing we have yet to reach the top of the queue to have Wedmore as a featured group on the FreeCycle website, www.freecycle.org , hopefully by next month. We are still planning a freecycle day in the village though in the spring, to take place in the new village car park. As a reminder this is a car boot sale but without the money and all helps reduce the quantity of stuff going to landfill.

And for the future, Raz Firmager is investigating tree planting opportunities, Rob Richly is working with the First School to encourage greater use of our plastic recycling skip and Jean Winter is looking at a local car share scheme for cardboard collection.

Now for some more green top tips.

The facts:
• In most homes, lighting accounts for 10 – 15% of the electricity bill
• A 100W light bulb left on for just ½ hour creates enough CO2 to fill a party balloon.
• UK households use £1.9 billion worth of electricity every year on lighting
• Electricity consumption by domestic lights and appliances has nearly doubled since 1970 and it is set to increase by 12% to 2010.

The solutions:
• Energy saving light bulbs use a different technology that enable them to produce a highly efficient and compact light using a fraction of the energy of conventional bulbs
• By buying an energy efficient light bulb rather than the other alternatives, you can cut energy wastage by over three quarters. That’s a saving of up to £9 a year for a typical 100W bulb, or £100 over the bulb’s lifetime
• Energy efficient bulbs last up to 12 times longer than their inefficient counterparts.