Big Switch Off Results 2010
How did we do?
We saved a grand total of 161 MWh of electricity between October 11th-17th compared to the previous week, this is the energy equivalent to approximately 9.62 million cups of tea. In terms of CO2 saved, the week’s savings amounted to 84 tonnes – the equivalent emissions of an average car running for 251,528 miles.
Consumption during Big Switch Off Week was around 0.21 per cent lower than the week before and around 4.38 per cent lower than last year’s Big Switch Off week. Amounting to a financial saving of approximately £19,317* - around £1m if sustained throughout the year. Well done to everyone who joined in!
What have people been doing?
Across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland schools, community groups and individuals took part by measuring their energy use and holding awareness raising events. Some of the highlights of the week include:
This year's Big Switch Off was launched on Thursday 7th October at the Green Man House in Congerstone. The Green Man House proved an ideal location to encourage others to follow the low energy lifestyle of Jane and Peter Harris and to go the extra mile with the Big Switch Off. For more information see the launch event page.
The Big Switch Off partners held many community events where members of public were invited to take part. Cotton bags, tea towels, wind-up torches, coasters, magnetic thermometers, beer mates, pencils, and posters were made available to members of public free of charge to help spread the word about the campaign. See our events summary page to find out what happened at some of the events during the week. Other highlights during the week included:
- A pedal powered Scalextric which demonstrated how much energy it takes to power gadgets was exhibited in the city centre, Charnwood Youth Conference and at many offices across the County.
- A bike powered smoothie maker visited local farmers market and community events to show how hard you need to pedal to make your own smoothie.
- Awareness raising community events were held across the sub-region including Ashby, Enderby, Sproxton and Oakham.
- A two week exhibition was held at Brocks Hill Exhibition Centre.
- Information stalls were held at a number of Libraries, Leisure Centres and Hospitals across Leicester.
In total we received 321 entries for our 'design a super hero' competition. The two winning entries 'Switch Girl' by Francesca Huges and 'Eco Man' by Grace Kent have since been made into life size cut outs to be displayed across the county. To view the winning entries and some other entries which were a close second see out competition winners page. Other highlights during the week from schools included:
- Pupils becoming 'energy detectives'
- Laptop blackout days held
- Latimer Primary School which saw an energy consumption saving worth approximately £35 for the week
See some of the photos from the various events below:
|Big Switch Off display at central city library||Smoothies being made by pedal power||Big Switch Off giveaways|
|Adults and children both enjoying the bike powered scalextrix in the Leicester city centre||Fruit for the smoothie bike at a local farmers market||Residents attend an awareness raising event in Enderby|
|The Big Switch Off display at Brocks Hill||Big Switch off 2010 was launched at the Green Man House||Staff at Leicestershire County Council enjoy the scalextrix|
* Savings are based on the assumption that the average electricity price was 12p per kilowatt hour.
Page Last Updated: 2 December 2010