Environmental Tip of the Week. Week 8

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 22, 2014

Energy Saving Tips

 

There are some simple ways to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced, that can help to save money on your energy bills.

Tip 1: At the end of each day, check that your PCs, printers, photocopiers and other stand-by appliances are turned off at the wall.

 

Tip 2: Keep your doors closed whenever possible. This will help to prevent cool or warm air from escaping.

Tip 3: Don’t overheat or overcool. In winter, set your thermostat to 18°C–20°C and in summer set it to 24°C–27°C.

Tip 4: Remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room. If it’s bright outside, think about whether you need the lights on at all.

Tip 5: Check that none of your taps are dripping. If they are, get them fixed to save water and energy. Hot water uses a large amount of energy to heat it.

Tip 6: Set up a recycling station. If you have one already, look at new things you could recycle. Recycling paper, aluminium cans and plastic bottles saves on the raw materials and energy needed to make new paper, cans and bottles.

Tip 7: Walk, ride or catch a bus to school if you can. This reduces the carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.

Tip 8: Check appliances such as computers, fridges and kitchen appliances, to see how they measure up in terms of energy efficiency. Compare annual consumption readings to see how efficient they are.

Adapted from: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/infrastructure/pages/sustainabilityenergy.aspx

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Week 7 Environmental Tip

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 18, 2014

Environmental News

Did you know that you can recycle your plastic bag and packaging?

The Coles Recycle plastic bag and packaging recycling program is one project where we are working  collectively with our customers to provide better environmental outcomes. Our customers return their plastic bags and packaging to specially marked bins at the front of participating stores, which are then turned into outdoor furniture for Aussie primary schools and pre-schools

Types of soft plastics

Shopping bags including reusable ‘greenbags

Fresh fruit and vegie bags

Bread bags

Biscuit packaging and confectionery packaging

Rice & pasta packets and frozen food bags

Coles now provides soft plastics recycling program in over 470 stores across Australia and in June 2013 Coles customers were recycling an average of 4 tonnes of soft plastic packaging material each week.

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Term 1 Sustainability Afternoon

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 18, 2014

Last Tuesday, all students from St Peter’s took part in our first sustainability afternoon for the year. The sustainability afternoons will be held once a term. Students worked in mixed groups from P-3 and 4-6 to complete activities in the four environmental areas that we focus on which are:

WATER

WASTE

BIODIVERISTY

ENERGY

Over the course of the year students will rotate through the four activities to allow them to experience all of the activities by the end of the year.

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