HomeHero energy saving

HomeHero 100K Balloons For Earth Hour

HomeHero energy saving

This is a sponsored post in association with HomeHero

After twelve years working in the environmental sector, there is one thing that I know – that the topic of energy saving can be more than a little dry.  The thing is we all know that saving energy equals saving money, and that’s it’s a good thing for the environment, but it’s really hard to dress up energy efficiency as something particularly fun or engaging.

To combat this, HomeHero, a virtual energy assistant that saves you money on your bill, have devised a 100K Balloons for Earth Hour game that you play via Facebook Messenger.

When something like this comes along seeking to make energy efficiency fun, engaging and informative all at the same time then I am all for it.  And it’s not just me that’s all for it – in the last couple of weeks hundreds of homes in Britain having been discovering how each home can cut its carbon emissions by 1 tonne by playing what has been described as Pokemon Go for energy efficiency.

With HomeHero’s Balloon Hunt, taking control of your energy costs & lowering your carbon footprint is as easy as taking a photo.  Indeed, to play all you have to do to take part is take a photo of an appliance in your home.  HomeHero’s clever software then instantly recognises what you have taken a photo off and offers you information on usage, and tips on how to save energy with that particular appliance.    E.g. take a photo of a kettle and HomeHero will tell you that a kettle uses £23 per year in electricity, and that boiling only what you need will save £11 a year or 3,300 balloons of CO2.

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The goal of the Balloon Hunt is to find savings of 100,000 balloons, which is equal to 1 tonne of carbon & the 2025 Paris Agreement’s carbon reduction target for British homes.

HomeHero say that on average people playing the Balloon Hunt find £340 in savings for their energy bill.  What’s more, to celebrate the upcoming annual Earth Hour, HomeHero are running a competition where one lucky winner who finds their 100k balloons in their house will win a prize of £5,000.  The competition closes on 27th March 2017 at 12pm.

So, this year why don’t you do more than just turn off your lights for Earth Hour, and get playing?  

I scored 101,300 balloons – see if you can beat me! ;)  Let me know what score you get in the comments below!

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Ten Things

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Hello hello!  Hope you’re having a good weekend!  Yesterday we had a busy day of allotmenting, rugby, squeezing in a bit of work, and attending a kids party. Today we have friends and their kids coming round for lunch today.  My partner has perfected the art of homemade pizza so guess what we’re serving?!

Just for fun I thought I’d drop in today with some interesting articles I’ve read lately:

1.  Conscious consumerism is a lie?

2.  When your greatest romance is a friendship.

3.  I loved this post on how to declutter your life (assuming you can afford to buy new possessions at any time).  It makes for such light relief – I don’t know about you but I am over the whole minimalism thing.  Just how many words can be written on throwing things away?

4.  I accidentally bought a giant pig – “she felt like a great addition to the house. We trained her like a puppy and took her to the vet after about a month. He took one look at her cropped tail and said, “I think you have a problem on your hands“”.

5.  This stuffed spaghetti squash is just what I’m hankering after right now.

6.  One company doing it right.

7.  When someone tells you “the climate is always changing”, show them this

8.  A media guide to undermining the NHS.

9.  If animals made albums – #13 and #15

10. Finally, pictured in the top photo, almond milk french toast from Anna Jones – yes please!

And to close, 3 things from the Moral Fibres archives that you might have forgotten about:

1.  How to grow snow pea shoots indoors

2.  My top suggestions for eco friendly cleaning supplies

3.  Best fluoride free toothpastes

Enjoy your Sunday!