As some of you may have gathered, at Bulb we’re completely obsessed with finding new and thrifty ways to reduce energy bills and emissions
We have a very interesting new blog post titled ‘Your carbon impact on Lockdown’. This shows the impact of your home activities during lockdown and what ways you can improve your usage.
There are some simple and effective changes you can make to lower your footprint. For example, I was personally quite shocked that by making sure my electronic devices are unplugged at night I can save up to 60kg of CO2 emissions each year. The same emissions 30 trees would absorb in a year.This means after an evening visiting friends on Animal Crossing, make sure to turn off and unplug the TV to help make the real world as green as their Nintendo’s virtual simulation.
Some of the changes that caught our attention are:
The carbon impact of streaming is not as bad as previously thought. Watching a 30 minute show on Netflix is the same as driving 200 meters in a conventional car, not 4 miles as was previously believed. So when you’re sobbing over Connell and Marriane on Normal People, using your phone or laptop to watch is an easy way to be more energy efficient. Also, downloading Dua Lipa’s new album to listen to on your 5k run, is more green than using data to stream it each time
Carbon-conscious cooking not only has health benefits for you, but for the planet. Why not source ingredients locally and reduce transportation emissions. I have interpreted this as ditching that banana bread recipe for a tasty British carrot cake
Making the most of that natural sunny evening glow on Zoom dates is both romantic and a great way to reduce electricity demand on the grid at peak times
In a similar vein, we’ve also been sharing energy savings tips on our Instagram such as only boiling the water you need for your tea. This simple change can save around £6 a year and has also really taken off with my family.
We want to know what tips you’ve developed in lockdown. Are you showering less or are you letting your food get cold before putting it in the fridge, are you lid on or off when cooking? Let us know below