What if Santa ditched his sleigh and got into an electric car?

What if Santa ditched his sleigh and got into an electric car? UK Power Networks have calculated there’s now enough renewable power connected to their network to send Santa 125,000 miles. That’s enough power to send a ‘San-Tesla’ round the world 15 times. Let’s hope he remembers to recharge!

Inviting Christmas guests into your ho-ho-home could cost you

Hosting family and friends over the festive period could cost the UK as much as £825 million in additional energy bills. Each household hosting guests is likely to spend around £55 more on gas and electricity than they would otherwise, according to new data from price comparison site uSwitch.com. More than half of the country’s households […]

Pingu says pack in the plastic this Christmas

This Christmas the UK will give an unwanted gift to the environment – plastic waste equivalent to the weight of 3.3 million penguins. That’s according to Wildlife and Countryside Link, a coalition of 47 voluntary organisations dedicated to looking after the environment. It says bottles, boxes and other packaging often end up in the natural […]

Christmas Special Short Fuse at 3pm!

It’s Friday afternoon, which only means one thing – it’s nearly time for Short Fuse! Join us an hour early today at 3pm for our Christmas Special – and in true ELN style, we do have surprises in store for you. You can watch us live via our Twitter account here. Any shoutouts, messages or […]

Christmas energy bills worrying two million families

More than two million families across the UK expect to struggle to pay their energy bills through the winter. That’s the suggestion from price comparison service uSwitch, which surveyed 2,011 households regarding the risk of suffering from fuel poverty over Christmas. More than a quarter of those surveyed are worried they will have to sacrifice […]

Christmas brings three new UK wind energy records

What better gift for Christmas Day than three new wind energy records! The 25th of December saw new half-hourly, daily and weekly records set as the blustery weather boosted wind generation and helped keep the fairy lights on, according to RenewableUK. Wind supplied a new high of 41% of the UK’s total power needs in a half-hour […]

Christmas tree goes green…with plastic bottles!

A Christmas tree made from 600 green plastic bottles has been installed outside Crawley Library. The tree will stand through December and was designed by ‘rubbish artist’ Tracey Graham in 2013 to highlight recycling in West Sussex. The West Sussex Waste Prevention Team attended its unveiling to provide recycling and waste prevention tips for throughout the festive […]

Merry Christmas from ELN

Here’s the thing you’ve been waiting for, our Christmas video, see if you can recognise yourself. Wishing you all the best for 2017 Merry Christmas from the ELN team

Light your tree or go on a Christmas journey…

The amount of electricity spent lighting the UK’s Christmas trees might surprise you. If every one of the eight million Christmas trees in the country had its lights on for 12 hours a day through December, the amount of power used would be enough to send an electric vehicle (EV) around Earth 50 times. A Nissan Leaf EV […]

Households urged to ‘treecycle’ festive rubbish

Householders are being urged to reduce, reuse and recycle their Christmas rubbish. Local authorities estimate nearly a third more waste is generated by householders during the festive season than any other time of the year. The Local Government Association estimates it costs the taxpayer nearly £100 for every 40 Christmas trees sent to landfill. Councils […]