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Greenhouse gas emissions

Tips for improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in East Renfrewshire.

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As part of our Strategy & Action Plan we want to reduce harmful emissions that can effect air quality across East Renfrewshire. 

To find out about what we are doing to reduce vehicle emissions in East Renfrewshire, click the following link:

The council and the Think Green team are doing our best to reduce emissions, energy consumption, and to push for a more green and sustainable East Renfrewshire.  Below are some simple tips on how to reduce your emissions and your impact on the environment!

Vehicle emissions

You can reduce your vehicle emissions in many ways, here are some tips on how to do it:

  • Avoid using cars for short journeys - combine trips or, alternatively, walk, cycle, or public transport.

  • Care for your vehicle - check tuning, tyre pressure, brakes and fuel consumption - regular servicing helps keep your car efficient and saves fuel.

  • Drive gently - racing starts and sudden stops increase fuel consumption. Use higher gears when traffic conditions allow.

  • Steady your speed - at around 50mph (80 kph) emissions will be lowest, rising dramatically above 70mph (110 kph).

  • Switch off when stationary - if stuck in traffic or stopping more than a minute. Idling engines make sitting in jams even more unpleasant.

  • Air conditioning and on board electrical devices increase fuel consumption - only use them when really necessary.

  • Share your journeys - go shopping with friends or neighbours, take a colleague to work, or join a car share or lift-share club:

At home

  • Turn heating down - It is recommended that your heating thermostat should be set at 18-21°C and your hot water at 60-65°C.  If the thermostat is set high, you could save £75 a year by turning it down by just 1°C. 

  • Switch off - UK residents waste £1.7 billion a year by leaving TVs, games consoles and household appliances on standby.  You could save between £45 and £80 a year by switching off your electrical appliances when they're not in use.

  • Reduce tumble drying - Avoid tumble-dryers as they cost a lot to run.  Washing clothes at 30 °C rather than higher temperatures uses around 40% less energy.  Modern washing powders and detergents work just as effectively at lower temperatures.

  • Plug the Gap - Draught-proofing your windows and doors and blocking any gaps around the floors and skirting can cut £20-£30 a year off your heating bills.

  • Boil only enough in your kettle for your immediate needs.  Or purchase energy efficient/vacuum type kettles that reduce water wastage and maintain water heat for longer.  On average a UK household boils the kettle 1,500 times a year, and that three-quarters of British households overfill their kettles, wasting a total of £68m each year.

  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.

  • Do not burn plastics of any kind - recycle or dispose of accordingly, our waste team has some great tips on how to do so: Bins, recycling and rubbish

At work

  • Switch off lights when not in use;

  • switch off heating when not required;

  • wear layers of clothes - this allows you to remove or add a layer as the temperature dictates;

  • do not open windows while heating is on, switch off the heating instead;

  • switch off plant and equipment when they are not being used;

  • service vehicles and machinery on a regular basis;

  • do not overfill kettles;

  • do not tamper with the settings on thermostats/radiators;

  • do not leave equipment on standby; and

  • share any ideas you have with your manager or your Green Team representative.

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