This Thursday, 6 March, Bracknell will be sending a message to the rest of the UK that it is committed to taking practical action against climate change, when households and businesses across the town take part in Low Carbon Day and attempt to reduce the amount of electricity they are using.

With Thames Valley Vision leading the event, the main focus of Low Carbon Day will be an hour reduction in electricity usage which is being encouraged between 5pm-6pm, a time when we would usually see a notable spike in electricity consumption. The impact that we, as a community, can have on alleviating this peak will be monitored from electricity substations around Bracknell and relayed by the Thames Valley Vision across the UK.

Charlie Edwards from Thames Valley Vision explains more behind the thinking of Low Carbon day: “This is our big chance to show the rest of the UK that Bracknell is committed to helping build a sustainable, secure low carbon future. There’s lots of ways that people can get involved, and hopefully once everyone realises how simple it is to reduce their carbon footprint, it’ll help us better match supply with customers’ demands and develop the electricity network of the future.

Charlie continues: “The beauty of Low Carbon Day is anyone can get involved from within their home, just remember the time and date and to do your bit to reduce, postpone and plan ahead for your very own Low Carbon hour. If you’re struggling for ideas, why not try these?”

  1. Cook in advance or prepare a cold dish
    You can cook for the Low Carbon Day in advance or prepare a cold dish. Use more seasonal and local food, less meat and dairy.
  2. Postpone or do in advance laundry and dishwashing
    Laundry and dishwashing can take place either the day before or the day after. By the way, did you know that washing clothes at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees uses up to 40% less energy?
  3. Invite Your Friends Over
    You can help spread Low Carbon Day awareness by inviting your friends, family or neighbours to join you for quiz or board game night. Remember to try to avoid using your kettle from 17:00 – 18:00.
  4. Turn Off the Lights
    You can turn off all of the lights in empty rooms in your home.
  5. Unplug Appliances when not in use
    You can start by unplugging your small appliances such as the microwave and kettle. Remember you could charge your laptop before hand and run it off the battery from 17:00 – 18:00.