As promised here is the final set of ideas and statistics to help you raise awareness and motivate your workforce to support your green campaign. Let us know how you get on and whether you have any ideas we can add to the list!
6. Kettle management
Filling your kettle with enough water for only the number of cups you are pouring will save you energy, water, and time. Furthermore improve the efficiency of your kettle by boiling an equal mixture of water and white vinegar in your kettle; let it stand a few hours and then rinse out the kettle.
7. Energy Saving Fridge plug
When the thermostat on your fridge goes below a certain temperature it turns on a motor to pump refrigerant around the appliance. The motor runs unnecessarily on full power. A special plug (about £20) can limit this surge to match the fridge’s actual requirements thereby saving electricity.
8. No Standby
Televisions, DVD players, cable boxes, and other electronic equipment waste huge amounts of energy when left on standby (about 40% of their full running power). To avoid the drain on your electricity bill plug them into a power strip and turn it off when they are not in use. Remember to turn your computer off at night and use the sleep function if you will be away from it for more than 15 minutes.
Each tonne of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 1,438 litres of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, and 4,000 kilowatts of energy. Re-use paper and buy recycled paper whenever possible, for example toilet paper, paper towels, printer paper and tissues. Provide waste recycling facilities for staff and visitors.
10. And finally… plant a tree!
Plants and trees act as carbon sinks recycling the carbon in the atmosphere. A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. If your museum has a plot of land, plant as many trees as possible. If you have even more space, plant to attract wildlife. Plants that are great for attracting bees and butterflies include lavender, buddleia, hollyhocks, honeysuckle and jasmine.
(Source: Carbon Trust, Employee Engagement Guide: What you can do)
See more tips in Part 1 below…