Epic Repic Reporter

This month: We interviewed artist Susan Stockwell who uses old electronic waste to create art!

It’s beautiful, it’s the everyday stuff we use without consideration and take for granted, we don't know where it comes from, where it goes to when we dispose of it or what our computers look like inside and yet they contain our personal and private information and we are very dependent on them.

It goes back to the company who supply it and re-enters the recycling chain. Occasionally a piece becomes permanent and then the e-waste stays in the piece as part of the artwork.

To save the planet so we don’t fill up our land waste sites unnecessarily. It’s our responsibility to the planet and others, especially our children.

As the days get hotter & longer it can only mean one thing: Summer! Here are a few energy saving tips to make sure you’re being kind to the environment during this sunny season.

1. Switch off at the wall
They have 3 spikey teeth, they hide around your house, sucking away your energy while you don’t even notice… They sound like something straight out of a scary film don’t they? But you don’t need garlic to ward off this set of
vampires, you just need to make sure all
your electronics are switched off at the wall!

Even if your TV is off, unless it’s switched off at the wall, it can still be part of the “vampire effect” meaning that when it’s on standby it is still using lots of energy. The average house has 12 gadgets left on standby or charging at one time! Have a look around your house and see how many you can count, if they are fully charged and not being used then be sure to switch them off at the wall! This is especially important if you are going on holiday as they will be using up loads of electricity whilst you are away.

2. Get on your bike!
During the hotter months, there’s no need to be cooped up in a car. Why not ditch the four wheels for two and suggest a bike ride to your family and friends? As well as saving energy and creating less pollution it’s a great way to get fit!

3. Make use of Natural Light
During the summer there’s no need to keep lights turned on during the day and waste electricity when you can throw open your curtains and make use of the biggest natural light source we have – the sun!

Most of the energy sources we depend on, like coal and natural gas, can't be replaced - once we use them up, they're gone forever. By saving energy at home and making sure everything is switched off, you can help save the planet, preserve our resources and create a healthier living environment.