We welcome individuals or families who want to take part in Sustainable St Albans Week! Here a few ideas..
Families: If you want to do something as a family, a great place to start would be to pick a challenge to complete together; something that suits your family. Something like;
- Take part in our St Albans District Community Food Waste Challenge – details to be confirmed..
- Have a “clean bin” challenge; how little rubbish can you generate in a week?
- Eat no meat for a week.
- Get an energy monitor earlier in the month and measure a typical week, then try to cut it down during Sustainable St Albans Week.
- Get your bikes serviced and go do a journey by bike that you would normally drive.
- Plant a fruit tree in the garden.
Water – Ideas for individuals
Save water, save energy, save money
Did you know we use more water than any other part of the country? Water is precious and we should use it wisely. Saving water not only makes environmental sense but it can help save energy and reduce your bills.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, 21% of a household heating bill relates to heating water for showers, baths and hot water taps. This does not include kettles, washing machines and dishwashers, which use additional energy.
Water saving tips that really make a difference
- Take a short four minute shower instead of a bath
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
- Install a ‘Save-a-Flush’ device if you have a single flush toilet
- Only run your washing machine and dishwasher with a full load
- Fix dripping taps and leaking toilets – if you need an approved plumber visit watersafe.org.uk
- When boiling the kettle, only boil enough for your immediate use
- Use a water butt to collect rainwater, which can be used to water your garden or wash your car.
For more information please visit www.affinitywater.co.uk/savewater
Free Water Saving Devices
We want to make it easier to save water and save money, so we’re offering our customers some fun and useful water saving devices for free! Click here to get yours.
Neighbours: If you want to do something with your neighbours, even better!
- Shared Meals: If you want it to be purely social, how about a LOAF meal? (Originally a Christian thing it is equally applicable to anyone; you plan a meal where all the dishes are Locally produced, Organically grown, Animal friendly and/or Fairly traded.)
- Carbon Footprints: If you want to have a bit more content, you could all work out your carbon footprints together and discuss them; try the user-friendly WWF calculator here.
- Transition Streets: You could start a Transition Streets group and have your first meeting that week.
- Films: You could have a film night, watch a film and discuss it. The Clean Bin Project (sounds dull, but it’s not) springs to mind, but there are lots out there. Or the Story of Stuff is a much shorter one (20 mins). See this page for details of films
- Go meat free for a week!
- Start a Meat-Free Monday commitment, starting this week!
- Go car-free for a few days or the whole week!
- Take a visit to one of St Albans’ District many heritage sites – get to understand your area more
- Commit to not buy anything wrapped in plastic for the whole week!
- Join the Rubbish Diet!
- Enjoy a long country walk and see the beauty of the local countryside