Carbon Foot Printing project
During the summer of 2010 we encouraged residents of Morriston to complete a carbon footprint survey, which asked questions about their house, energy usage, appliances in the home and travel patterns. We used the Energy Saving Trust’s ‘Green Communities’ online tool.
An individual total was calculated for each of the 166 households that took part and also a collective total. We then chose to work more closely with around 25 of these individuals and invited them to a choice of two sessions which gave more information about the project, explained about climate change and what the concept of carbon footprinting is all about.
Much interesting discussion took place at those sessions. Each household was given some possible reasons for their total, explaining what items might have contributed to it, and then specific advice on what measures they could take to reduce it. These ranged from looking into buying a new boiler, to having insulation in their home, to more simple things like turning off switches and lights when they are not being used and drying their clothes outside.
Most of these 25 footprints were measured again in the Spring of 2011 to see if there had been any change.
A few of the participants achieved almost a halving of their footprint due to changing energy supply from coal to gas and by only having one car instead of two.
For more information, contact Delyth Higgins on 01792 480200 or firstname.lastname@example.org