The Six Nations is well underway – the annual rugby tournament which continues to attract millions of fans from across the world.
We take a look back at some of the most energetic players and most energy-efficient stadiums…
Pace Means Power
Scotland’s present hooker, Ross Ford, at his quickest runs at around 10mph which in turn generates 94.1 watts of energy. This could fuel a 60w light bulb for over an hour! Leaving lights on is one of the most common energy-wasting problems in households today, so save money by replacing your traditional 60w bulb with a 6w LED bulb to cut down your consumption.
Another Scottish legend, John Leslie, scored the fastest ever International try in 1999, getting five points on the board within 10 seconds of kick-off.
You might also be interested to know that running 50m at a speed of 5mph would generate roughly around 47 watts, which could power the average household fan.
Energy wastage isn’t a problem for England’s home ground, Twickenham Stadium, which has made large efforts in tackling sustainability. The stadium has a Building Energy Management System in place to control every energy consuming system. And their smart use of LED floodlights produces much lower lighting emissions.
Twickenham isn’t the only Six Nations stadium which is leading the way on efficiency, the roof over Stade de France comfortably covers all the internal seats and weighs around 13,000 tonnes.
Another French stadium, Stade de Nice, boasts an impressive 4,000 solar panels which we’d imagine helps keep their bills down!
Whilst we continue working out the maths, why not have a go at making this quick and very energy efficient microwave match-day snack?
Magnificent & Melty Microwave Nachos
- Tortilla chips of your choice
- ½ cup of taco-seasoned cooked beef mince
- ½ – ¾ cups shredded cheddar or mozzarella
- Sliced spring onions
- Jalapeño slices
- ½ Avocado
- Roughly chopped coriander
- Sour cream
Arrange your chips in a single layer on a microwaveable plate. Add the cooked and seasoned mince to the chips and top with a generous amount of cheese. Evenly spread jalapeño and spring onion slices across the nachos. Microwave for 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted. Top chips with diced avocado, coriander and a dab of sour cream and salsa.
As the six nations continue to battle it out among themselves, why not find out more about why we’re better than the ‘other’ Big Six here.