Energy Diet

Emma, James and Georgina

Hi there, we live in Blackpool, Lancashire England. Blackpool is a family town with various entertainments to keep tourists and locals alike busy all year round! We have the famous Blackpool Tower, located on the famous Blackpool Promenade. They are currently lit up by the famous Blackpool Illuminations. Myself and my husband recently married this year in July. It was a truly magical day. Our daughter is 14 years old. We have 2 cats who think they rule the household!

United Kingdom Participants

United Kingdom
Your Points Percentile:
100th
Total Country Participants:
18

At Home (54%)

  • Changed thermostat
  • Changed settings on refrigerator, freezer, water heater and washer
  • Replaced at least one third of light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs
  • Disconnected electronic devices when not in use

Wild Card Items

  • Eliminated second freezer or refrigerator
  • Insulated water heater
  • Replaced appliances with green-certified products
  • Hung clothes up to dry instead of using the dryer
  • Sealed all of the windows and doors

Food (36%)

  • Ate a vegetarian diet one day a week
  • Cut down on take-away meals
  • Limited daily intake of beef to 8 ounces
  • Switched to sustainable seafood

Wild Card Items

  • Started a food-based garden
  • Ate vegan or raw for a certain number of days per week
  • Bought grass-fed beef instead of conventional
  • Gave up at least one processed food

Transportation (25%)

  • Drove no faster than the posted the speed limit, avoided rapid acceleration or braking
  • Removed extra weight from car, inflated tires
  • Used public transportation instead of driving
  • Reduced your planned air travel by one trip

Wild Card Items

  • Bought carbon offsets for travel
  • Carpooled or found a ride-sharing program
  • Invested in a more fuel-efficient car
  • My own action: walk to the local shops instead of use of car

Waste Disposal And Reduction (59%)

  • Recycled all glass, aluminum, plastic, batteries and paper
  • Eliminated advertising mail
  • Changed to paperless billing
  • Eliminated the use of plastic and paper bags

Wild Card Items

  • Began composting at home
  • Used biodegradable bags for trash or walking the dog
  • Recycled or donated old athletic shoes and clothes
  • Recycled or donated old electronics

Water Use (30%)

  • Gave up bottled water
  • Turned off tap when brushing teeth, scrubbing dishes
  • Shortened showering time
  • Replaced shower head with a low-flow model

Wild Card Items

  • Used xeriscaping for yard
  • Installed a rain barrel to collect water for garden, lawn and plants
  • Installed a low-flow toilet

What You Buy (20%)

  • Tallied stats for water, electricity, natural gas and gasoline use
  • Switched to organic produce
  • Switched to eco-friendly cleaning methods
  • Switched to locally made (non-produce) products where possible

Wild Card Items

  • Cut use of disposable items
  • Repaired or extended use of clothing items
  • Stopped using wrapping paper for gifts
  • Changed Printing Habits
  • Rented or borrowed instead of buying infrequently used items
Total Points: 250

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Our Green School

This last week, I’ve been concentrating on events at my school. We have had solar panels fitted! These are already helping cut the use of fossil fuels and cutting the school’s carbon footprint. The reaction from many children was very interesting. Some thought they were new windows for the roof! It’s been quite rewarding informing…

Well, our first week on the diet was all about investigating what Blackpool does to save energy, and we found some fantastic evidence! Green Light for Tourism At Blackpool Illuminations, one of our town’s main tourist attractions, the lights are much more than pretty–they are green, too. In 2002, the display included a world’s first:…

My name is Emma and I live with my family in Blackpool, England. Welcome to my very first blog post for the 360º Energy Diet! By joining this challenge, I hope to see a change within my household on saving energy. This includes switching off lights around the house, which I’m forever telling my daughter…