Battle of the Sexes – #loveyourenergy

Battle of the Sexes – #loveyourenergyOk, so today’s topic is energy waste 🙂

A few days ago I was able to view some data from a recent survey conducted by Love Energy Savings and Google Consumer Survey, trying to answer just one question: Who is the biggest energy waster?

Unfortunately the insightful results do not look very favourable towards men; it looks like they have won this battle.

The majority (57.3%) of respondents claimed that they believed men to waste the most household energy compared to a smaller number (38.6%) of votes for women.
Surprisingly, only 60% of women say that men are the biggest household energy wasters. What is wrong with the remaining 40%? 😉

I think in our case (Mark and I) we are both equally guilty but we do our wasting in different ways.

Battle of the Sexes – #loveyourenergy my confessionMe, I keep my PC running 24/7. Do I need it? No, but on the off chance that I will have to check something quickly I like to have it on… just in case, so I don’t have to wait for it to boot up… Yes, I know, I could just use my phone or a tablet to check that urgent message but I like my PC set up with its big monitor and all the speakers spread around it…

But that’s nothing comparing to Mark…

Battle of the Sexes – #loveyourenergy Marks confession

… well he likes to have everything turned on at once and he doesn’t see anything wrong with it… main TV, laptop, Ps4… He can’t really use them all at once but they are waiting ready for him; he claims he is using them all at once as he flies from one thing to the next. To add to his waste he likes to run a floor standing side light almost 24/7. Why? I am still unsure so I am unable to answer that question…

The solution?

Well, actually I have a few.

As with all old habits they are sometimes hard to change, so I have decided to help reduce the wastage in a slightly different way.

For Mark, I am getting all household lighting changed to LEDs. Oh ok, maybe not the all lighting, just the light bulbs 😉 I stumbled upon LED Planet and they are offering a great selection of LED bulbs to chose from; they are extremely energy efficient which will make Marks love for the constant light on much less of an issue.

As for me… well I am getting a new PC! I have been waiting for this moment for a very long time (about 6 years at the last count). Mark is building me a fast booting machine, which should be up and ready within seconds, so there will be no longer any need for me to keep it turned on all the time.

What’s your soft spot when it comes to energy wasting?

Share with me your wasteful energy secrets.

#Pledge4Plastics – Every Single Bottle Counts!

Did you know that over 316,000 tonnes of plastic bottles were collected for recycling from UK households in 2012? That’s a recycling rate of 58% and means that:

  • An estimated 7 billion plastic bottles were collected for recycling – that’s 19 million bottles every day.
  • Nearly 5 billion plastic bottles were sent to landfill in 2012 – that’s nearly 14 million plastic bottles every day.
  • Overall this means the average UK household uses over 440 plastic bottles per year, but only recycles just over 250 of them!

That’s just over a half. So what is happening to the rest of these bottles?

If you aren’t sure what and how to recycle you just need to follow this simple guidance:

#Pledge4Plastics  – Every Single Bottle Counts! How to recycle.

And if you aren’t sure where can you recycle, please just follow this link and enter your post code. As a result you will see your local map with your all nearest recycling banks including textile, glass, batteries and of course plastic. But remember you can recycle most plastics in your recycling bin at home, so there is no need for any travels 🙂

Recycling just one more bottle a day will make a real difference.

These bottles really go to a good use.

I came across Best Recycled Plastic Products Awards. Do you know what products won in 2013?

Surprisingly the first place was awarded to uBin which is dedicated to encourage responsible recycling in offices, schools, hospitals and other typical working environments.

Second prize was awarded to the vinyPlus façade panels, made from 100% recycled PVC and coated with a weather-proof top layer.

The eco-core staple fibres made from recycled PET bottles won the third prize. I had no idea that you can even get a duvet made from plastic.

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To highlight the many ways plastic can be given a new life if recycled, internationally renowned designer and stylist, Abigail Ahern, has channelled her uniquely quirky and recognisable style into designing her first ever bespoke phone cover, which is made from 80 percent recycled plastic bottles.

One thousand limited edition phone covers, available for iPhone 5C/S and Samsung S5, have been designed exclusively for #Pledge4Plastics, to reward those who register their support online, tweet @pledge4plastics or like the official Pledge 4 Plastics Facebook page.

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