This blog – by Anne in north London – is the first of a weekly series to launch our One Climate, One World campaign. We can all take small steps to better love our neighbours and care for creation – but it’s hard to know where to start! These blogs show how CAFOD supporters are playing their part – we’d love to hear what you’re doing too in the comments below.
The starting point wasn’t so much a commitment to becoming an eco-warrior but more being forced to think about whether I could afford to keep my old Nissan Micra.
It was falling apart, cost a fortune to run and the insurance bore no relation to its value – banger-owners will know the story! But as petrol prices topped £1 per litre, the decision was made: she had to go. She was taken away, with her £75 value donated to Shelter. I now have no car.
Cool those overheating bills
The next unwitting step to becoming an eco-warrior was to do with my doors and windows. My old Victorian terrace was as draughty as the next, and (uncomfortably chilled a few winters back) I made the decision to double glaze my home – mainly for comfort but also to cut bills. I can’t deny the initial outlay was high, but both my aims have been happily achieved. It’s difficult to be precise about money saved as energy prices have rocketed recently, but I know my home is retaining heat better and that I’m turning on the heater later in the year and for less time.
Having taken this bold step, I realised that my old back boiler was not as efficient as a combi-boiler, so I started saving up. My old system could only heat water alongside heating the house, but the combi just lets me heat the water I need, saving energy and costs. It all adds up.
Measure – and shrink – your carbon footprint
Parishioners at St John Vianney’s Church were challenged to measure their energy use by doing an online assessment in the church hall one Sunday after mass (accompanied by tea and coffee). I picked up the gauntlet. To my surprise I found that some very small changes could cut my bills and use less energy.