GREEN TIPS

Green Tips

This section contains a number of suggestions that could both save you money and collectively make a very positive impact on the planet.

We would like to work with our residents to help make the world a better for future generations. Please share these tips with friends and family whenever you can because together we can make a difference.

ENERGY

Did you know?

  • Turning the thermostat on your central heating system down by 1C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%.
  • Washing clothes at 30C instead of 40C uses around 40% less energy.
  • Unplugging your PC overnight could save you as much as £35 per year.
  • One energy saving light bulb can save you up to £9 per year – that adds up to more than £100 over the course of the bulb’s lifetime.
  • By boiling only as much water as you need, you could save enough energy in a week to run a TV for 26 hours.
  • The average household could save up to £300 a year on energy bills and two tonnes carbon dioxide by being more energy efficient.
  • Change your electricity to a green supplier such as Good Energy and get 100% of your electric from renewable sources;
  • www.good-energy.co.uk or Tel: 0845 456 1640.
  • By 2020, around 50 million new gas and electricity smart meters will be installed in homes across the UK by energy suppliers.
  • The nationwide rollout is a key Government policy with the scheme delivering significant benefits to consumers. To find out more visit: www.smart-meter.org.uk

Saving tips

  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through windows.
  • Make sure your hot water cylinder thermostat is not set higher than 60C/140F
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily.
  • Dry washing on a clothes line outside whenever possible.
  • Put the lid on a pan to reduce the amount of time and energy it takes to boil.
  • Walk, cycle or take public transport wherever possible.
  • Share car journeys where possible; www.nationwidecarshare.co.uk or www.freewheelers.co.uk or www.urber.co.uk or join a car club www.carclubs.org.uk

WATER

Did you know?

  • Simply turning the tap off whilst you clean your teeth could save as much as nine litres of water a minute.
  • Don’t overfill the kettle when making a cup of tea. Only fill and boil what you need.
  • On 1st April 2013 water companies in the UK hiked bills by an average 3.5%, in one region up to 5.5%.
  • Taking a shower rather than a bath could save you up to 400 litres of water a week.

Saving tips

  • Don’t let the cold water that comes through before tap runs hot go down the drain – use if for watering plants or put it into a water butt in the garden.
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge to prevent wasting water every time you wait for the tap to run cold.
  • Only use the washing machine and dishwasher when you have a full load.
  • Consider buying a water butt to collect rain water for the garden – using rain water not only saves main water but also the energy used to treat it.
  • Putting a water-saving device, or simply a plastic coke bottle full of water, in your toilet cistern could save three litres of water every time you flush.

WASTE

Did you know?

  • On average, every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks.
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will power a colour TV for 15 minutes or a computer for 20 minutes.
  • 100,000 tonnes of plastic bags are thrown away in the UK every year – that is the weight of 70,000 cars. Carrier bags dumped in landfill take 100 years to decompose.
  • If you recycle your paper, in just seven days it could come back as your newspaper.
  • 50% of food purchased in the UK goes to waste.
  • The UK produces enough waste every two hours to fill the Albert Hall.
  • The UK produces more than 434 million tonnes of waste every year.
  • Glass bottles can be recycled into house insulation. Plastic bottles can be recycled into fleece jackets.

Saving tips

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • Register with the Mailing Preference Scheme to avoid receiving junk mail; www.mpsonline.org.uk or Tel: 0845 703 4599.
  • Use shredded waste paper as a substitute for animal bedding or cat litter.
  • Donate unwanted items to charity shops or give them away through
    www.freecycle.org.
  • Compose kitchen and garden waste.
  • Recycle as much household waste as possible – contact your local council to find out about recycling facilities and services in your area.
  • Choose to reuse – take shopping bags with you and if you cannot avoid an occasional plastic bag then reuse it.
  • Write a shopping list to help you only buy what you need to avoid throwing away excess food, paint etc.

FIRE SAFETY TIPS

We at Rentwithus.Online wish to reassure all tenants that we take safety very seriously and we view it as critically important to fulfil our duties in advising tenants on the fire risks inherent in blocks we manager see firekills.campaign.gov.uk.
However so much that can be done by the individual who live in communal blocks to help reduce fire risks. You will find below some general guidance notes concerning fire safety, which we hope that you will find to be helpful.
Residents have an obligation as part of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to ensure they don’t compromise the fire safety of the block for themselves and other users of the building.

To ensure this, residence must:
  • Not store any items (Including bicycles, prams, furniture or any other items) within the communal area. Any items stored here may be removed.
  • Make sure fire doors in your flat self-close properly and are not wedged, tied o otherwise held open.
  • Not wedged, tie open any communal doors.
  • Not smoke within the communal areas of the property.
  • Ensure you do not inadvertently damage the buildings fire protection when making changes to your flat. Any structure/material alterations made to flats should be authorised by the property manager prior to it taking place.
  • Never store or use petrol, bottled gas, paraffin heaters or other flammable materials in their flats, on their balcony or in shared areas.
  • Understand the importance of maintaining block security (making sure doors close behind them when they enter or leave) and being vigilant for deliberate fire setting.
  • Familiarise yourselves and your guests with the block fire action plan, what to do would you discover a fire, the quickest and safest way to evacuate the property.
  • Report issues with communal fire safety measures in your flat or building immediately to the property manager.
    Ensure that you don’t obstruct entrances/exists and to allow access for emergency services at all times (including within car parks).
Please contact your property manager if you have any queries regarding the above.