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The Swansea Green Makeover


Swansea’s People and Planet in conjunction with Rob Abrams (Environment and Ethics Officer) are launching “The Big Green Makeover”. The People and Planet website describes the scheme as being “a home energy saving project, which aims to help students and staff to make their homes warmer, more cosy and cheaper to live in”. The project laid its foundation stones through its first meeting (5th Oct) where the main emphasis was to recruit volunteers who could assist fellow students lower their domestic energy consumption.

Mr Abrams highlighted the fact that over £900 million worth of energy is wasted in the UK by leaving appliances on standby. Most students coming through the higher education system in the UK are young people moving out and living on their own for the first time in their lives. It is at this point, that they learn skills and pick up habits that stick with them for the rest of their lives. Bad habits can cost their own streched funds, as well as the planet. Simply leaving appliances on standby wastes over £900 million worth of energy every year The Big Green Makeover has been brought to Swansea University to help create these changes.

Students who volunteer will be given the training and support needed to run energy advice clinics for other students, as well as members of staff. The programme will also involve visiting the homes of participating students and staff to carry out assessments and give practical advice on improvements. It is hoped, that as we carry out this initiative, changes in behaviour will be supported, monitored, and continues to grow well in to the coming year.

For more information Please contact Environment@swansea-union.co.uk

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