Glastonbury might conjure up images of muddy wellies, rainy crowds – and even the occasional bit of music. But this year’s event played a slightly different chord when it came to one particular part of the festival experience: the showers.
While every attendee takes a different attitude towards how much showering should take place at a festival, showers at these events still typically consume a huge amount of energy. After all, they need to heat up enough water for tens of thousands of people every single day.
That’s why it was exciting to hear that green energy expert Andy Boroughs was put in charge of coming up with a more environmentally-friendly approach to getting the job done – and he delivered in spades with his ultra low-carbon wood pellet boiler.
Everybody was thrilled with the results, with environmental charity Greenpeace notably delighted that it fitted in with its ‘Save the Arctic’ campaign, which was the designated theme of this year’s festival.
It is hoped that these showers will inspire other festivals to look at energy-saving and low-carbon solutions to similar problems, especially as festival-goers are increasingly conscious about preventing damage to the environment.
But you don’t need to attend Glastonbury to start learning about energy-saving tips. In fact, there are plenty of ways you can transform your own home and make it more eco-friendly.
It might sound like a throwback to The Good Life, but composting is genuinely an excellent way to save energy and produce rich soil that can be used for a wide range of gardening projects. It’s also a great way to teach children about energy conservation.
Let there be light
If you have curtains in your home, open them! Always avoid the temptation to use electric lights when you have the option of flooding your rooms with natural sunshine. If natural light is lacking within these rooms, check whether anything is blocking the window or if your drapes are preventing light from getting in.
Turn off your appliances at night
Although it might sound like common sense, a surprising number of people are simply putting their computers on ‘sleep’ mode rather than actually switching them off, which still consumes a lot of energy! The same goes for televisions and DVD players. When in doubt, it’s useful to simply switch off electricity at the power point itself, ensuring that you’re not wasting any energy during the night.
Pay your bills electronically
Not only does paying bills electronically save paper, it also saves an awful lot of time – and it helps you stay more organised, too! Nearly all water and electricity providers give you an option to pay online, and once this becomes a regular routine, you’ll find it’s a preferable way to track your energy usage over time.
Dry your washing on a line
Although this naturally isn’t advisable during wet weather, opting to use a line instead of a drying machine saves your home a great deal of energy every time you do it.