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Green Energy

 
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Green energy includes natural energetic processes that can be harnessed with little pollution.

These include anaerobic digestion, geothermal power, wind power, small-scale hydropower, solar energy, tidal power, and incineration of waste.

We treat and process your waste to ensure we get the maximum use through good quality resources from what your recycle to generating green energy from your residual waste – what can’t be recycled.

  • Anaerobic Digestion (AD) – each of our four AD plants generates around 2MW of electricity, enough to power 2,000 homes
  • Thermal Recovery – our Thermal Recovery facility generates around 7MW of electricity, enough to power 7,000 homes
  • Landfill – our landfill site in Pilsworth (Bury) generates around 7MW of electricity, enough to power 7,000 homes
  • Combined Heat and Power -our Combined Heat and Power facility will generate around 29MW of electricity which will be used to replace energy generated from fossil fuels.

Now that you know how we generate green energy from your waste why not see what you can do at home to save energy

How Can I Save Energy?

Want to know how you can do your bit to become a more energy efficient household that can save cash in your pocket as well as benefit the environment.
To reduce the environmental impacts from energy production we need to reduce the demand for energy. By buying recycled products or re-using items we will have already helped reduce energy consumption. So make use of your local recycling facilities and try and re-use items.

Energy Saving Tips

  • Switch off unnecessary lights - In a typical home, lighting accounts for 20% of the electricity bill so if you can cut back here you will save money and the environment.
  • Only boil as much water in your kettle as you need - If we all did this we'd save enough electricity to power two thirds of the street lighting in the UK.
  • Turn your central heating thermostat down - Just turning it down by 1 degree could save you up to 10% off your heating bill.
  • Forget standby - Each year, video recorders, DVD players and TVs in the UK consume £450m worth of wasted electricity while on stand-by.
  • Wash your laundry at 30C - Washing at 30C rather than normal temperatures means you use 40% less electricity, many modern laundry powders have been designed for us at 30C.
  • Buy energy efficient appliances - When replacing appliances, consider their energy efficiency rating. Look for the Energy Efficiency Recommended Logo as a guide to help you choose the most suitable product.
  • Draught proof windows and doors - You can easily fix draughty windows and doors with minimal DIY skills and little cost. Even hanging a curtain behind the door will save you warmth and stop draughts which could save you roughly £10-£20 a year.
  • Put aluminum foil behind any radiators fitted to outside walls - Ordinary kitchen foil will do, or you can buy specially designed panels from DIY stores. It will cost around £10 but could save you double that.
  • Change to energy saving bulbs - By buying an energy efficient light bulb rather than the other alternatives you can cut energy wastage by a massive 75 per cent. Replacing only one light bulb with an energy efficient one could save you £10 a year.

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