ecohub is your one stop webpage for both National and Local links helping you to be Environmentally Friendly and save money
What It Means to Be Environmentally Friendly
Being eco friendly means living in a way that is not harmful to the environment. This way of life is becoming increasingly important, as we need to protect our planet from man-made damage. There are various ways that an individual can make sustainable changes in order to lessen the negative effect that our daily lives usually contribute to. It is possible to be eco friendly in different areas of our lives.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change continues to issue severe warnings of the failure of governments and systems to suitably react to the rapidly changing climate which continues to rip through the poorest areas of the world, displacing more than 20 million people each year, and intensifying global supply-demand dynamics and increasing costs for us all.
The seismic shift required to circumvent further worsening the effects of climate change does require action from both individuals and on a community level. This involves energy-based home improvements, reducing over-consumption and making changes to the way we all live. Currently, emissions from consumption in high-income cities are set to double by 2050. This must be reduced urgently by two-thirds by 2030 to ensure the health and happiness of generations to come.
Your local Parish Ecohub is here to give you all the right information, both national and local to help you make simple changes to improve our environment. Both the local and national links on this web page will change and evolve so please keep coming back to see what’s new.
On Your Door Step...
Cost of Living Assistance Fund
The Cost of Living Assistance Fund is a new scheme to support residents across the borough facing financial difficulties due to the rising cost of living.
Approved by councillors in July, the new £1 million Cost of Living Assistance Fund will help households struggling to pay bills, with grants available to help pay for food and energy.
This funding is in addition to support announced by the government.
One-off grants will be available for up to the following amounts:
- Up to £1,000 for those on a household income of between £0 and £15,000
- Up to £500 for those on a household income of between £15,001 and £20,000
- Up to £200 for those on a household income of between £20,001 and £25,000
Save water – for free !
Did you know that South East Water provide a variety of free water saving products to residents in their water area, including shower heads, tap adaptors and even water saving gel for your plants and hanging baskets.South East Water - Giveaways
Reduce, Reuse, RECYCLE.
Looking for the right place to go to recycle those things that the Council don’t collect ?
See what you can recycle and where below, you’d be surprised by some of the things you can recycle !Local Specialist Recycling Facilities
SMART LIVING is a website full of ideas from Hampshire County Council to make the most of your time, money and home… and good for the environment too!Smart living
Want to buy surplus local food at low prices ?
Too good to go aims to make sure good food gets eaten, not wasted. Every day, delicious, fresh food goes to waste at cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops and manufacturers – just because it hasn’t sold in time. The Too Good To Go app lets customers buy and collect Magic Bags of this food – at a great price – directly from businesses. Get the App now.Too Good To Go
North Hampshire Repair Cafe
We are team of talented repairers helping recycle as much as we can
The Bigger Picture...
On a lower income ?
You may be eligible for the Local Energy Advice Partnership
LEAP is an energy and money saving service that is helping people keep warm during the colder months and reduce their energy bills without costing them any money.
You can apply for yourself or on behalf of somebody else. A LEAP advisor will then contact you to confirm eligibility and arrange for a home energy call. During this call, a qualified energy advisor can provide tailored energy saving advice, help with energy switching, refer you for money saving and debt advice and assess your eligibility for insulation and other larger energy efficiency measures (including replacing inefficient cookers, fridges and similar appliances) all free of charge.
There is a broad eligibility criteria, including if you are receiving various Government Benefits, Allowances and Credits or have an annual household income below £31,000.LEAP - Energy saving advice and appliances
Energy efficiency loans and grants
A range of different Local Authority and Government loan and grant schemes are available to help improve the energy efficiency of homes across Basingstoke and Deane. These include support for insulation, heating systems and double glazing. An overview of each of these including their eligibility criteria is available from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.Available Loans and Grants
What can all of us do to improve our home’s energy efficiency?
For most of us, our homes are the biggest source of CO2 emissions and the biggest place we can both help save the planet and save ourselves money. By filling in this simple questionnaire you can get tailored advice that will help you improve the energy efficiency of your home and save you money.Simple Energy Advice
Want to know what to do with leftover food?
Food is something that unites. It’s something that is lovingly grown and nurtured for months before it arrives in our shops. It’s a social activity, a comfort, an essential, and a luxury.
And yet in UK households we waste 6.5 million tonnes of it every year, 4.5 million of which is edible, all stuff which could have been transformed into something delicious.
Those 4.5 million tonnes are enough to fill 38 million wheelie bins, or 90 Royal Albert Halls. If that’s not enough, the average family of four can save just over £60 per month by reducing their food waste. So why not start now ?Love Food Hate Waste
How big is your environmental footprint?
Our world is in crisis – from climate change to the pollution in our oceans and devastation of our forests. It’s up to all of us to fix it. How we live our lives makes a difference. Take your first step with this WWF UK based environmental footprint calculator.WWF Footprint Calculator
The Climate Spiral
The climate spiral is a simple way to illustrate the changing temperatures of the earth over the period from 1880 to 2021. Click below to watch the video and find out more on NASA’s website. Each circle represents one full year, with lower than average temperatures in blue and higher than average in red.
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