Shaping North Ayrshire process
Wear jumpers instead of putting the heating on! Make more use of sensors for lighting installations in rooms that are not frequently used, both in the office and at home. Discounts on getting sensors fitted in the home. More information about schemes that are running such as Home Energy Scotland/Energy Saving Trust which can offer assistance in grants/loans to help make your home more energy efficient.
Make solar panels affordable for people, install them in schools, colleges and the workplace. Introduce electric buses for schools.
energy efficient homes and renewables as much as possible.
The council has invested in many new schools throughout North Ayrshire however, there has not been similar investment in supplying these schools with renewable energy e.g. solar panels on roofs; ground source heat pumps, etc. Schools are often too warm and lights are left on when not in use - this is wasting energy and could easily be stopped.
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50140110, investigate micro-storage solutions and assist with (or even propose) any storage systems for existing windfarms.
The council can check the energy efficiency of every single house and premises they own - and take action where required. The council can make it crystal clear to builders that long delays may occur if proposed housing does not meet maximum possible efficiency and energy saving standards. Many more things - the important thing is getting the message across to everyone that CLIMATE EMERGENCY means exactly that and must be acted on accordingly. Radical change is required - and I'm a person against extremism in normal circumstances.
Encourage people to dress appropriately. In summer get people to close blinds so heat doesn't get in. Sensors for lights. Sessions for homeowners on how they could move to sustainable heating. Look at community heating iniatives.
switch off lights, energy saving bulbs, green energy, use candles, turn heating and hot water down, use draft excluders, close the curtains to keep heat in, shorter showers, wash all dishes together
don’t leave monitors idle, turn lights off, have space heaters, encourage working from home where possible, hot water tap rather than boiling a kettle
Less paper, less waste with all premises. Use of electronic devices rather than printed copies.
Heating on at set times only, not able to be adjusted all the time.
Solar panels on all NAC buildings
Recycle bins for inside homes. We all have 4 wheely bins in North Ayrshire for recycling our waste products, if provided with recycling bins (similar to the ones provided in HQ for homes this may also promote more and better recycling within communities. Rather than households having to purchase separate bins, or if they do not have sufficient space for three separate bins in their kitchen this may discourage them from proper recycling.
Encouraging to see NAC having two prices for coffees at Cunninghame House - the lower price being when the customer has a reusable cup. Could something similar be done with soup? (Maybe it is and it's not communicated?) I'm wondering if the price of drinks in paper cups could be made much higher after a "campaign" to encourage people to use their own reusable cup. Consider giving all new employees their own reusable coffee/tea cup.