Thanks to everyone who participated in the Weekend Switch Off/Power Off last weekend.
Savings of 1.6 tonnes of CO2 were recorded for the North Bank. To generate this much CO2 would take 16,000km of driving around in a 2013 Ford Focus (1.6 TDCi) (1). (Note: 16,000 is almost equivalent to the annual mileage completed in privately owned cars in Ireland (2)).
Savings of 3,000 of kWh were recorded i.e. enough electricity to power an average home for 7 months (3).
(1) As per SEAI’s ‘How clean is your car’ a 2013 Ford Focus emits 99 g CO2/km (Visit http://www.seai.ie/Power_of_One/Getting_Around/HCIYC/ for more)
(2) As per p.71 of Howley M., Dennehy, E., O’ Gallachóir, B., Holland, M. (2012) ‘Energy in Ireland 1990 – 2011′ the average kilometers of privately owned cars in Ireland is 16,971 km.
(3) As per p.75 of Howley M., Dennehy, E., O’ Gallachóir, B., Holland, M. (2012) ‘Energy in Ireland 1990 – 2011’ the “average” dwelling consumes 5,016 kWh of electricity per year
For the full Howley et al (2012) report visit: http://www.seai.ie/Publications/Statistics_Publications/Energy_in_Ireland/Energy_in_Ireland_1990_-_2011.pdf