Green Schools – Tips for saving energy

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Dear Parent

We in Rolestown are working towards our second flag with Green Schools – the Energy Flag.

In school every day we are doing lots of small things to save energy. At break-times our

Energy Wardens are making sure that we turn off lights, put laptops into Sleep Mode,

pull up blinds to allow for solar-gain and close the doors when leaving the classroom.

At home, the children are encouraged to try save energy too. This month we are making our energy pledge. This involves the children, with their families deciding on one thing they can do every day this winter to save energy and save money.

Below are some tips:

  • Turn off appliances when they are not in use. Do not leave them on standby.
  • Buy A rated appliances for your home. This can be a huge saving of 150 euro annually on your electricity bill.
  • Switch off lights and heating when you don’t need them.
  • Attic insulate – insulating your attic will keep the heat in your home for longer and pay for itself in 2-3 years.
  • Fit a lagging-jacket – lagging your hot water tank will keep the water hotter for longer and pay for itself in a few months.
  • Use the clothes line when possible to dry clothes.
  • Buy local produce – A considerable amount of energy is consumed transporting produce around the globe. Reduce this by sourcing food from a local farmers market and also help the local economy.
  • Don’t overfill the kettle – only boil as much water as you need.
  • Avoid unnecessary electricity use between 5pm and 7pm – help reduce national CO2 emissions
  • Turn your heating down to a comfortable 20 degrees – lowering your thermostat by 1 degree will knock 10% off your heating bill.
  • Use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) instead of traditional bulbs – they use 20% energy and last up to 15 times as long.
  • If you have a short commute, walk or cycle instead of driving.
  • On cold, sunny days, open shades or blinds, to reduce the need for your heating.  On darker days, close these blinds to keep the heat in.

Tips adapted from http://www.savingenergy.ie/go-green/energy-saving-tips

Let’s all work together to save energy and save the planet.

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