Friday, 7 October 2005

Bricks and light bulbs

Now that you’ve all laughed hysterically at the ridiculous size of the fridge and washer, I’ll have to share with you the fact that the British are much more concerned with energy efficiency than we are, hence the smaller appliances. Just got out of my Sustainable Tourism module, in which I learned, among other things, that:

•Putting a plastic-wrapped brick in the toilet tank will save water as the tank won’t fill up quite as full.
•Many toilets in Europe now come equipped with two separate flushes, so dependent on what you need to flush, you use less water.
•An energy efficient light bulb will last for 8,000 hours, whereas an ordinary cheap light bulb only lasts 1,000. A large hotel in Leeds recently saved £30,000 per year by changing all of the light bulbs/fittings in the hotel for energy efficient bulbs.
•You can wash better by always using a lower temperature and organic detergent. (Which, may I add, I have known for years…you can no longer laugh at me for washing everything on delicate and using Ecover.)

1 comment:

Suzer said...

Is it the combination of temperature and the organic detergent? ive always thought of hot water as killing germs. Maybe the U.S. will think of such things

Commented by kivadiva on October 9, 2005 at 5:12 pm

Well, I think it is each—colder water & organic detergent, that help to keep clothes in better shape for longer. They also have bio vs. non-bio detergent, which I’ll have to get more clarification on and explain.

Commented by Suzer on October 10, 2005 at 12:01 pm