Red Kite goes green
23 January 2018
Red Kite is becoming Green Kite from 12th-16th February when we look at reducing waste and being more environmentally friendly.
During the week we are holding sessions on how we can help tenants and our office, save money on energy bills, recycling, reusing food and reducing car use.
We will shortly be adding a new Green and Sustainability section to our website. This will include tips and links for both staff and tenants on living in a more sustainable way.
Money Saving tips include:
Use a H2O butt to collect rainwater, which can be used to water your garden or wash your car.
You can cut your energy bills by more than £55 a year- by setting the washing machine to 30 degrees, not keeping hot water running whilst you wash up and only filling the kettle to the right amount of water you need.
Turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use, including turning off gadgets when they are on standby can save a typical household between £50- £90 a year.
Check faucets for leaks- a slow drop can waste 15-20 gallons of water a day.
Amy How, our Engagement and Events Coordinator, said: “Green Week is the perfect opportunity to find out more about how becoming greener can improve our environment and hopefully save some money at the same time.”
We will also be welcoming someone from the Citizens Advice Bureau to help us better understand fuel poverty. A fuel poor household is defined as one which needs to spend more than 10% of its income on all fuel use to heat its home to an adequate standard of warmth. We plan to visit 30 of our customers most in need of help with their energy bills to see if we can help reduce their bills.
Did you know we also have a dedicated fund that is available to spend on neighbourhood and environmental improvements? Since the creation of our Environmental Improvement Group in 2012, we've been able to use this funding to really make a difference to the places where our customers live. You could use this fund to improve recycling facilities or make a garden for everyone to enjoy.The Environmental Improvement Group (EIG) is made up of our tenants, leaseholders and Red Kite staff who meet every month to discuss and vote on funding applications. More information can be found here.
If you have any problems with your heating or need to report a repair, such as leaking water, you can report it here.