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When you brush your teeth or run water for your disehs, remind yourself of the energy used to get your water clean. Even turning it off or down a little every now and again helps a lot.

Across the planet, many people don't have enough clean water - or even enough water. Although many brilliant charities help with this.

But nearly every drop in the UK is treated before and after we use it. This uses lots of different chemicals and energy in order to get water to our homes.

What can I do?

Our Planet

Treatment

Brushing our teeth, washing dishes, flushing toilets, grabbing a refreshing drink - we all use water without even thinking every day.

Water Use

We all use water every day, and in Scotland we are not particularly short of it!

So why do we need to be extra careful about how much we use?

Energy

Energy

It only takes a power cut for us to realise how much we depend on the energy delivered to our homes. Cutting down on our energy use, not only helps the planet, but also helps to reduce our bills!

What's on?

Turning on the kettle for a cuppa, running hot water for our dishes and baths, having heating, lighting, TV, computers and charging our phones - electricity is an important part of our everyday lives.

Why turn it off?

Making the energy that we use, often involves burning non-renewable fuel which produces 'Greenhouse' gasses, like carbon dioxide (CO2). These gasses make our planet warm up (like a greenhouse) and add to the problem of climate change. 

Reducing our energy use and using renewable forms of energy can help to reduce our impact on the environment.

In Scotland 'warming up' might sound good! But when the planet warms up, it means there is more energy in our weather systems, so we could get stronger winds and more heavy rain!  Also changes in the way the air circulates around the planet and changes to water currents, could mean we actually get colder winters in Scotland!

Severe storms, floods and droughts may also become more frequent, leading to loss of life, hardship and food shortages. And this can be particularly devastating for countries that don't have the resources to deal with these emergencies.

Our Planet

What can I do?

Here are some simple ways to save energy and money!

  • Use low energy bulbs

  • Switch off gadgets after use, rather than leaving them on standby

  • Unplug chargers, when they are not charging

  • Only fill the kettle with what you need and boil it once, when you need it

  • Turn down the heating by 1°C 

  • Take a short shower, instead of a bath

 

If you are able to do a bit more, try:

  • Insulating and draught proofing your home,

  • Getting a more efficient boiler,

  • Replacing old kitchen appliances when they break, with better energy rated appliances

  •  Switching to a renewable energy supplier

  • Adding renewable energy to your home, like solar panels or a bio-boiler