Reducing your carbon footprint
Turn off your computer and monitor when not in
use. Use the 'power down' settings on your computer to
automatically shut down your computer at lunchtimes, night-time and
weekends. Leaving a PC monitor on standby overnight produces enough
energy to microwave 6 dinners!
Switch off unnecessary
equipment including printers, scanners, chargers, TV’s and
radios. If you're not going to use your computer for a while turn
off the screen. Screen savers may save the screen but they don't
In the UK 66,000 homes could be powered by the
energy we waste annually equivalent to 2 power stations worth!
Turn it off at the plug - £1
billion worth of energy is wasted in the UK every year by people
leaving appliances on standby.
Use energy saving light
bulbs as they save energy and last much longer than
standard bulbs, therefore saving money.
Consider walking, biking,
taking public transport or car sharing to work or college.
Walking to work is free and keeps you fit, it also means less cars
on the road. Start by using alternative ways of getting to work or
college one day a week to start with and build it up over time.
Consider where your food comes
from. Buying local fresh produce means that it has
travelled less miles to get to you, it has therefore used less
carbon. 95% of fruit and 50% of vegetables eaten in the UK are
imported; try growing your own at home, they only have to travel a
few meters and they taste great!
Don’t waste food, only
buy what you need. In the UK alone we throw away 8.3 million tonnes
of food each year. Avoid unnecessary buy one get one free offers
(BOGOF) and plan meals to save money and reduce the amount of food
that is wasted. Go to LoveFoodHateWaste.com to
find out more information on how to plan meals and for great
leftover recipe tips.
Reduce, reuse and recycle your
waste. By disposing of your waste responsibly you can help
to save materials and resources from being sent to a landfill site. Bedford College
provides recycling containers across the sites, please use them
wherever possible. To find out more about reducing, reusing and
recycling your waste in Bedford Borough visit the council’s website
by clicking here.
Turn down the heating and
insulate your home. By turning your heating down by just a
couple of degrees you can not only save energy but also money.
Remember to shut windows, curtains and doors to retain heat
especially in the winter. You can apply for grants on insulating
your home, to find out more please visit the Energy Saving Trust
website by clicking here.
You can calculate your own carbon foot print
by going to the Carbon Footprint website, click here to
You can also complete a Home Energy Check
which can tell you areas that you can further reduce your carbon
footprint, visit the Energy Saving Trust’s website by clicking