No Waste Like Home

Saturday 12th April at 7.00pm

Eco–expert Penney Poyzer is here to shock you into doing more for the environment, uncovering wastefulness and giving viewers the ‘eco’ know-how to change their ways. She’ll even save them money in the process, proving that helping the environment doesn’t have to lighten your pocket. Each week Penney meets one of Britain’s most environmentally unfriendly and wasteful households. She’ll set the households radical new rules and rations to live by, designed to curb their energy-guzzling ways and put money back in their pockets. At the end of the two weeks, she’ll return to see how they’ve coped and reveal just how much they’ve saved living the No Waste Like Home lifestyle.This week Penney meets The Lamberts. Parents Peter and Karen, and their children, Krystle and Jade all live together with Peter’s mother Pam in Milton Keynes. The Lamberts love their energy eating gadgets and in just two weeks this overindulgent, wasteful household uses enough energy to light a football stadium for an entire match. Can Penney teach them to slash their energy consumption by a third to get in line with the average UK household?

Saturday 5th April at 7.00pm

We’re all guilty of taking our water supply for granted, especially families like the Henshalls. Stephen and Louise Henshall live in Manchester with their three children and flush away hundreds of pounds each year on their water bill.
The Henshalls spend on average £560 per year on their water bill. Mum Louise describes the washing machine as her best friend and in a week she does 18 loads. Between them the Henshalls take 21 baths, 28 showers and run the dishwasher 16 times. Their total water consumption every week is on average 6,097 litres, which is the recommended amount of drinking water for one person over 8 years. As well as wasting water, the Henshalls waste energy in other areas. They do not recycle or compost anything, have 41 light bulbs that area all generally switched on, and from the £100 spent on food each week, at least £30 is wasted. Can Penney get this bunch of wasters to cut down their water usage?

Saturday 29th March at 7.00pm

This week Penney visits a group of students living together in South London who are contributing to the 25 billions of rubbish that gets carted off to Britain’s landfills each year.
Big Oliver, Marianne, Victoria, Adam, Rachel and Ollie live the typical student lifestyle. They have a party every week, which results in the house being littered with beer bottles and rubbish all of which goes straight into black bags. They produce an average of 14 sacks a week and nothing is recycled. When their bins are full, Ollie sneaks more bags into their neighbours’ bins. It’s not just the rubbish that the students are producing that is concerning – they are wasting energy everywhere. There are frequently up to seven stereos bellowing out music and lights left on in empty rooms. They all do separate loads each of laundry and the gas central heating is on all day. The windows are single glazed and to make matters worse they have thin and useless curtains letting all the heat escape. Their gas bill is three times the national average and their electricity usage is double what it should be. This environmentally unfriendly household are keen to learn, but do not want to lose their freedom. Can Penney teach these students the errors of their ways and help them save money and the environment without ending the party?

Saturday 22nd March at 7.00pm

Brits use three times more water than what they actually need. Combine that with the rising population means the thirst for water could soon outstrip our supply.
Andrew Peake and Philip Brett are a couple living the highlife in a luxury apartment in London. They work hard in the city, enjoying their all-frills lifestyle to the full, and claim city living and being green are not compatible. Penney is here to show them otherwise Andrew and Philip get through 6,300 litres of water each week, three times the amount used by the average couple. The smell of dirty washing-up is too much for Andrew, so the dishwasher is turned on to wash minimal amounts wasting literally litres of water. They prefer to do separate loads of washing and think nothing of half or even quarter filling the drum. Twice daily they both enjoy long power showers, which use more water then the average person uses in a full day. Baths are also a favourite and they like theirs full to the brim. Andrew and Philip will not change their ways unless it is easy and convenient. Although they buy into the idea of greener living, they work hard to enjoy their luxuries and say they don’t have time to think about the environment. Will they realise the effect their overindulgent lifestyle is having on the future world and adopt some new habits to help?

Most of us are guilty of running our households inefficiently – throwing away rubbish rather than recycling, and needlessly wasting water, gas and electricity on every day tasks. Penney Poyzer is here to change that.

This week, Penney meets Caroline and Jeffrey Cunningham who live in Slough with their two children and foster daughter. Their gas bill is on average £627 a year, twice what it should be The family claim to be concerned for the environment but their over indulgent lifestyles say otherwise. The heating stays on all day, even when no one is home, and Jeffrey thinks nothing of leaving the hot tap running for the full hour and a half he spends soaking in the bath to maintain a constant temperature. Their electricity bills are also twice the UK average. The washer-dryer also appears to be in perpetual motion. All this waste is damaging the environment and their pockets and Penney is determined to show the Cunninghams how to cut back on their enormous bills as well as bring a little green thinking into their lives.

Saturday 15th March at 7.00pm on Prime

Eco warrior Penney Poyzer enters the homes of wasteful Brits and shows them how to clean up their act and save money.

Mark and Gemma Bendall-Jones live in Milton Keynes with their three young children. Every couple of hours Gemma changes the babies’ nappies and puts the three disposable nappies in a bag and then out into the garden for Mark to collect and put in the bin. Gemma uses disposables because they are convenient and easy to use but the Bendall-Jones are among the millions in the UK who have a “throw-away” mentality. They readily dispose of 105 nappies a week, 2730 every six months, but do not stop to think about what happens to them once they have been collected by the refuse trucks. Penney wants to show Gemma and Mark that there are alternatives to throwing nappies and other waste into the bin or down the drain and that they can even save some money in the process. But are they ready for her shocking revelations and to take the two-week challenge to live a little more like Penney?

Saturday 8th March at 7.00pm on Prime

Eco warrior Penney Poyzer enters the homes of wasteful Brits and shows them how to clean up their act and save money.

Mark and Gemma Bendall-Jones live in Milton Keynes with their three young children. Every couple of hours Gemma changes the babies’ nappies and puts the three disposable nappies in a bag and then out into the garden for Mark to collect and put in the bin. Gemma uses disposables because they are convenient and easy to use but the Bendall-Jones are among the millions in the UK who have a “throw-away” mentality. They readily dispose of 105 nappies a week, 2730 every six months, but do not stop to think about what happens to them once they have been collected by the refuse trucks. Penney wants to show Gemma and Mark that there are alternatives to throwing nappies and other waste into the bin or down the drain and that they can even save some money in the process. But are they ready for her shocking revelations and to take the two-week challenge to live a little more like Penney?

Saturday 8th March at 7.00pm on Prime

Mum and Dad, Sharon and Quilton, have two children, Michael and Nicole. Sharon drives just four kilometres to her part-time job and supermarket. Quilton owns three cars including two campervans, and although work is just over four kilometers away, he chooses to drive. Eldest child Michael covers 400 kilometres on the road and gets through £30 worth of petrol a week, while youngest, Nicole, is chauffeured around by her mum and will have been driven 80,000 kilometres before she reaches driving age. The Roberts spend two months sitting in their cars, but Penney is here to change that and remind them of the days before cars.

Saturday 1st March at 7.00pm on Prime

Britain’s most wasteful families are about to face the shock of a lifetime and a radical shift in living as they follow Penney Poyzer’s advice on how to cut down on waste and save money.

Millions of people across the UK are wasting hundreds of pounds a year without even leaving home. Most of us are guilty of running our households inefficiently – throwing away rubbish rather than recycling, and needlessly wasting water, gas and electricity on every day tasks. Eco–expert Penney Poyzer is here to change that. She wants to help families do more for the environment by uncovering wastefulness and giving them the ‘eco’ know-how to change their ways. She’ll even save them money in the process, proving that helping the environment doesn’t have to lighten your pocket. Each week Penney meets one of Britain’s most environmentally unfriendly and wasteful households. She’ll set the households radical new rules and rations to live by, designed to curb their energy-guzzling ways and put money back in their pockets. At the end of the two weeks, she’ll return to see how they’ve coped and reveal just how much they’ve saved. Tonight, Penney meets the Tibbett family. Marianne and Jon Tibbett live a comfortable life in their five-bedroom home in Doddington with their four young daughters. They may not know it, but the Tibbetts are a hazard to the environment. They never monitor their domestic bills and do not consider the effect their lifestyle is having on the environment. Marianne spends £250 on the weekly food shop much of which is thrown straight in the bin. The Tibbetts spend five times the UK average for a family on food, their electricity bill is twice the average, and they produce three times the average amount of rubbish. Penney is on a mission to curb the Tibbetts consumer chaos. Can she show them the way to a greener lifestyle and really help them make some changes, not just for now but for their future generations?

Saturday 16th February at 7.00pm on Prime