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How drinking tea can help save the planet....and your pennies

Tuesday, 9 November 2010  |  Admin

Brr. It's starting to get cold again and if you're like me and work from home, it's time to layer up. After all, there's no point in putting the central heating on and heating the whole house just for one person? Or am I being especially frugal?
Don't get me wrong. Our house isn't particularly cold (about 18c at the moment without the heating on) but sitting still at a desk makes it feel colder. I've layered up already with three top layers and two pairs of socks, but this morning still found me making endless cups of tea just to warm up my hands.
It was while I was making one cup of tea that I had my 'Eureka' moment. Although I always fill the kettle to the minimum fill level of 500ml, that's too much for one cup of tea, so I always have hot water left over. I never re-use water which has already been boiled once as it gives tea an oddly metallic taste, so essentially I'm wasting 200ml of water each time I make a cuppa.
But no more. I dug out my trusty hot water bottle (or Piggy as I used to call it when I was little, possibly because it was pink and rubbery, who knows) and I now refresh it with the excess hot water each time I make a cuppa. It keeps my feet very toasty and, as everyone knows, if your feet are warm, you're all warm!