The intention of this year’s ninth Ethical Awards is to make as much noise as possible about the extraordinary people, projects and places that are bringing about ethical change, and the 2014 motto is “Be Better in This Life”.
I like that motto 🙂
A new category for 2014, is the Great Energy Race, which is being sponsored by B&Q. They are looking for an “undiscovered energy saving genius”. Nominations are I think now closed, and they have come up with a long-list of 20 households who will have 28 days to “put their genius to work and inspire us with how much cash and energy it’s possible to save with a little innovation and lots of inspiration.”
And yes, you guessed it, I entered, and we are one of the 20 households now in the Race!
We will get a visit from a B&Q energy advisor, who will assess our energy consumption at the moment, and then we get £250 to spend as ingeniously as possible and demonstrate some awesome energy saving savvy.
No pressure then.
So that’s where you lot come in.
I NEED YOUR HELP!!!
And your best energy saving ideas.
When I think about the energy that we use in our house, I tend to think in terms of:
- Gadgets and appliances
- Heating and water
I reckon they are the biggest energy consuming things that we do-have I missed anything?
So when the race starts (10th March), I thought I would blog weekly for the duration, asking for your energy saving tips in each of these three categories-it can be anything you like-from energy saving light bulbs, to wearing an extra jumper. It doesn’t have to be things that cost money to implement-the more innovative the better as far as I am concerned! In fact, I am considering trying to do a Make Do and Mend version of the Race, and spend as little as possible (I acknowledge that this may not go down with the sponsors…!). So ideas for Upcycled, Recycled, Making Do Energy Saving would be especially welcome.
So are you up for it?
Will you help me out?
Hubby and I have had a bit of a brainstorm, and come up with a few things, but the more brains we have on this the better.
And I promise I will collate all the hints and tips into another blog post each week, to make it easy for everyone to share all the ideas 🙂
PS. You can still nominate for your favourite Ethical hero in the other categories until the 21st March-just have a peek here
PPS. You can follow all the excitement on Twitter-the hashtag is #GERace