Sustainable ideas

Save Energy & Cut Carbon

We all rely on energy in almost every aspect of everyday life to:

Grow, transport, store and prepare food

Heat, clean and light our homes

Wash ourselves and our clothes

Travel distances, manufacture goods

Provide entertainment, education and healthcare

Energy is something we rely on – but should not take for granted

Some energy, such as energy generated from fossil fuels, is non-renewable, meaning the supply isn’t endless.

Renewable Energy

There are alternative ways to generate energy through renewable sources such as solar, wind, biomass and biofuels, tidal and wave power. Find out more about these sources of energy.

What are the advantages? Are there any disadvantages?

We often use energy with just a simple flick of a switch.

It’s easy to forget that using energy has an impact on the natural environment.

Firstly, by how it is sourced, and secondly by releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

In doing so, we each create our own carbon footprint.

Save Energy - Cut Carbon

Thinking about how we use energy, how much we use and why, where it comes from, the impact on the environment, is an important foundation to wanting to manage this.

If we care and understand more, we might want to take actions to reduce our carbon footprint.

Here are some ideas to get you started

At Home

Switch off and get outdoors

Avoid leaving TVs and games consoles on standby

Make sure mobile phone chargers are unplugged when not in use

Turn off lights when leaving a room

Close doors to keep warm air in and cold air out

Turn down the heating and wear extra layers for added warmth

Find out other ways to save energy at home from the Energy Saving Trust

At School

You will find lots of ideas and inspiration from Eco-Schools

Nominate classroom energy monitors to check lights and equipment are switched off

Use public transport to get to school or college or organise a lift share

Or better still, walk or cycle to school

Take part in Walk To School Week held annually in May or all year round with the Walk Once A Week WOW scheme for primary schools organised by national charity Living Streets

Sign up to participate in WWF’S Earth Hour annually held in March and join millions of people around the globe in switching off lights to show you care about our planet.

Be Creative

Create an artwork to celebrate where you live.

Think about ways in which you can help reduce your impact upon it.

Use your artwork to persuade and influence others to save energy.

Why not combine Maths, Science and Art to create an installation on Carbon: footprints, emissions or energy usage? 

"Its Our World aims to encourage children and young people (aged 4-19 years) in the UK to consider the environment in which they live" - Mahatma Gandhi