Rehearsing and Recording
1. Rehearsal space and studios
There are a small number of rehearsal spaces that use, or are building renewable power supplies. If you can’t book one of these ask about the building’s environmental credentials (policy/commitments/campaigns/carbon footprint). Just asking will raise the profile of the issue.
2. Measure your impacts
Measure your energy use with our free carbon calculators, the IG Tools.
If you work from home measure your energy use. You can do this using free energy monitoring tools online such as:
Source your energy at home from renewable power providers, such as Good Energy and Ecotricity.
If you can, generate your own renewable power (solar, wind and/or biomass). There are financial incentives for investing in renewable power, and, in 2012, support for installing renewable heat sources.
3. Travel green
4. In the studio
When working in the studio:
- Switch off equipment and lights when they’re not being used and ask your producer and sound engineer to do the same (don’t worry about losing your sound settings – it’s a myth);
- Drink filtered, not bottled, water; and
- Use the studio’s recycling facilities (and if they don’t have any ask them why not!)
Ask to see your label’s environmental credentials/policy. Green teams are now reasonably common, many labels measure their energy and some have achieved the Julie’s Bicycle Industry Green (IG) certification which means that they are committed to improving their environmental impacts.