eNewsletter April 2018

Peterborough Environment Capital

Initiatives for residents

Adopt a Tree with Forest for Peterborough 
For just £15 you can adopt a tree in the Forest for Peterborough! We’ll give you the opportunity to plant your tree and send you a personalised certificate.  The Forest for Peterborough project won’t create a single woodland in one set place, but will increase tree coverage in different areas all over the city. It will also increase the range of habitats in the city such as grassland and hedgerow as well as woodland. We want to create green corridors throughout Peterborough to allow our wildlife to flourish.


Love Local and change the way you shop, cook and eat! 

Access affordable locally produced food, and learn how to cook healthy meals. With over 25% of Peterborough’s population classified as obese, encouraging healthy diets is essential - locally grown food is healthier and more environmentally friendly. The further food travels to reach your plate, the more chemicals it needs to preserve it while it’s transported and stored. These chemicals are bad for the environment and for your health. The smaller the distance food travels, the fresher and tastier it will be, plus less energy and fuel is used. More information 


Learn new Green Skills at Greeniversity 
The aim of Greeniversity is to promote informal adult education - learning just for fun and to encourage local people to learn 'green skills'.  Greeniversity offers a range of free green courses from knitting to bike maintenance, from healthy cooking to insulating your own loft. Classes will be held across the city in many different locations.  Greeniversity connects people who have green skills with others who want to learn green skills. Teachers are local people willing to share their know-how. 


Car Sharing 
Share your journey and help reduce the number of cars on the city's roads. Sharing your journey not only helps to reduce the number of cars on the city's roads, but also supports Peterborough's aspiration to create the UK's Environment Capital. It also has obvious cost benefits for members, sharing your daily commute with one person will halve your fuel costs and sharers can typically save £1,000 a year. Travelchoice has developed a dedicated website to allow residents in and around Peterborough to search for people to car share with. Simply register on www.carsharepeterborough.com then enter your journey details; stating where and when your trip starts and ends and how often you make it. The website will automatically search for other people making similar journeys and if a suitable match is found, you can contact that person to finalise plans.
 

Water butts 
Your roof collects about 85,000 litres of rain each year which then just runs straight into the sewers. This could fill 450 water butts with free water that you could then use to water your garden, your houseplants, or wash your car for free! Water butt prices can vary so it is worth shopping around, they can be bought from many garden centres and household stores. Many websites also specialise in water efficiency products. RECAP has a designated website that not only sells but also gives advice on household water butts and compost bins.
 

Water hippos 
About a quarter of all the clean, drinkable water we use in our homes is flushed down a toilet. If you're in the market for a new loo, consider buying a water efficient toilet or one with a dual flush. If your loo is still as good as new, put a hippo or other similar device into the cistern to save some water.  Toilet freddies can help you save a litre per flush. 
 

Join the Drop 20 campaign  
Anglian Water’s Drop 20 campaign is all about everyone helping each other save water for the future. It's a way for all of us at home, at work and in local communities to help by cutting the amount of water we use. At home, we each use an average of 145 litres of water a day. Some of that could easily be saved. Imagine if everyone in your house, your neighbours and in your community dropped that amount by 20 litres, every single day. That’s a lot of water saved for tomorrow. Our homes aren’t always as water efficient as we imagine. An average toilet flush or a leaky tap can waste lots of water. Have a quick check around your kitchen and bathroom and you could be dropping 20 litres before you know it. Tips to help you drop 20 litres 
 

Heat loss and home insulation 
In cold weather when buildings are warmed up by heating systems and other 'incidental' gains such as appliances, machinery and even the people inside, the heat is continually being lost outside the environment as long as it is warmer inside than out.  In order to save you money by reducing your energy and water costs whilst reducing your impact on the environment it is essential to ensure your home is adequately insulated. Find out how much heat loss is being lost from my roof and what you can do.


Monitor your energy usage 
Saving energy ultimately means you are saving money. With the ever increasing price of fuel and the cost of electricity nearly doubling since 2002 there has never been a better time to be more energy efficient. Cutting unnecessary wastage or use of energy reduces your carbon footprint. Most carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases which are harmful to our planet are released during energy generation. In order to implement energy saving devices and manage your energy consumption, you need to understand how and where your energy is being used. Energy monitoring with easy-to-use electrical displays can help maximise energy efficiency and achieve savings of up to 20%. Energy monitors are available to rent for free from your local library. Visit www.efergy.com for more information.
 

Rivercare 
RiverCare is a community engagement project that re-connects people with their local river environment. RiverCare empowers community groups to ‘adopt’ and enhance their local riverside environment by carrying out regular conservation, litter clean-up and wildlife surveying tasks. People of all ages can get involved and form groups with neighbours, sports clubs, work colleagues or a youth group. If you have an idea for a RiverCare project that you would like to do, visit the Rivercare website to find out more.
 

The Green Wheel 
The Green Wheel network of cycle routes provides over 45 miles of continuous sustainable routes around the city. It was one of the first large scale projects Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) delivered for Peterborough and first opened in 2000.  Not only does the Green Wheel contribute to a sustainable transport system, it also celebrates over 3000 years of social, cultural and economic history through colourful interpretation boards and a series of sculptures. This £11 million project was 50% funded by the National Lottery through the Millennium Commission, matched by contributions from public and private businesses and voluntary organisations.

 

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