It really is cold in our office without the heating on. We hardly get any sunlight and have a large main window as well as a window which reveals a very, very small internal court yard. The team was well briefed before this challenge as to avoid potential discomfort and came to the office with additional layers to keep warm for what lay ahead. The radiator was turned off at 10:00am (as this was the time all of the team members were in the office). The first two hours passed without the need for an additional jacket but as time wore on the colder we became. At lunch time (1:00pm) we enjoyed hot soup, a welcome relief to the external cold we were experiencing. I visited my colleagues in the volunteering department to seek warmth and refuge from our rapidly arctic office! As I left I mused ‘I am just going outside and may be some time1’ A bit dramatic but it made all the team aware that we are privileged to be in warm surroundings. The reason why we went to extremes on Thursday was to raise awareness of the importance of insulation and the benefits it can have on reducing emissions, heat and saving money. ‘Energy used in the home is responsible for more than a quarter of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions. Reducing the amount of energy you use for heating is one of the most important things you can do to help reduce climate change.2’
This post is very short, as I was very cold on Thursday and this caused me to experience a little fatigue! For more information please visit our core partner Eco Centre Wales and two of our registered projects Rounded Developments Enterprises Limited and Lightfoot CIC for information on how they can provide assistance with your energy needs.
Source:1 Paul Simpson-Housley (2002) Antarctica: exploration, perception and metaphor, Routledge. 2 Direct Gov website: Environment and greener living http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Environmentandgreenerliving/Energyandwatersaving/Energyandwaterefficiencyinyourhome/DG_064374