Counting on turning off? The last two days I have spent a day in a university conference room and a night in a youth hostel. In both the heat was on and the spaces hot, and the lights on even in day time – apparently all pre-programmed and unalterable by users.
Despite recent rain, forecasters predict that the UK will still be feeling the effects of this years dry summer in 2023 with farmers having to rethink what crops they grow using less water. Whilst domestic use is only a small portion of total water consumption, it is still important that we treat water in our homes as a precious resource and conserve it.
Both to save water and to save energy, we have switched from daily to weekly showers with a flannel wash on other days – I don’t think we smell!
Baking without using the oven. Ovens use a lot of energy, so if you can avoid using them it helps reduce your carbon footprint. Instead you can use a heavy frying pan as a griddle and bake foods such as Welsh cakes, soda farls and potato farls, drop scones, griddle scones and Staffordshire oatcakes.
250g plain or half and half plain and wholemeal plus baking powder
75g vegan butter
75g currants/ raisins
1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in a cup of hot water
1 tsp Nutmeg
A little oat milk
Lightly oil a flat based frying pan and set over a medium heat to warm up.
Rub the butter into the flour and add the remaining ingredients using enough oat milk to bind to a dough. Roll out about the thickness of a thumb and cut into rounds.
Place the rounds into the pan. When they are browned on one side turn them over.
Environmentally kind resolutions include greening our energy use. This could be switching to a green energy supplier; swopping all light bulbs with an LED equivalent; being conscious of how much energy we use and reducing by turning appliances off when not in use, and use them for shorter periods of time. The work of kitchen aids – such as cake mixers and coffee grinders can be done by hand – and the work of vacuum cleaners especially on hard surfaces can be done with a brush; hair can be rubbed dry with a towel; daily showers can be alternated with a good basin wash.
This month, compared with the same month last year, we have consumed 90% less gas and 50% less electricity.
The Guardian reports that plans are ahead to make it illegal for shops to run the air conditioning whilst there doors are open, and already a by law exists in Paris resulting in €150 fines. Can we ask our local authorities to take action too?
French retailers have agreed to switch off illuminated signs when their premises close for the day.