Eco Centre Update!
In November 2013 we cut back our willow classroom and used the off-cuttings to build this beautiful wig-wam. Not only have we recycled our willow, but also created an aesthetically pleasing place from which visitors can view our grounds.
In 2013, the centre reduced electricity consumption by 2.5% and reduced water consumption by 2% compared to 2012. Unfortunately our gas consumption has increased by 6.5%. This year, a new biomass boiler will be installed; which will help us to meet targets to reduce energy consumption this year.
New Biomass Boiler
The foundations for the new biomass boiler have been dug. Once installed, it will be powered by wood pellets which will efficiently provide heating for the house. We have chosen to use wood pellets for their environmental benefits. Wood pellets release smaller amounts of harmful emissions into the environment than other fuels. The carbon dioxide that is released when the pellets are burned is easily absorbed by growing plants, so doesn’t add to global warming. Wood pellets are a highly effective source of energy; only 1/3 of the volume of wood pellets’ compared to wood chips are required for fuel in the biomass boiler. This means that fewer pellets are needed to power the boiler; so fewer are transported, reducing carbon emissions from transportation.
For ideas on how you can save energy, visit the energy saving trust website: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Take-action/Energy-saving-top-tips