Saving Energy begins at home
Home energy use is responsible for over a quarter of all emissions of CO2, so there is no better place to start reducing
the size of your carbon footprint-and your domestic bills. A few simple, cost effective changes will dramatically reduce the
amount of energy you use in your home and could save you over £300 a year.
Take control of your heating
You can avoid heating an empty house by using the timer so your central heating is switched off when nobody's at home.
If you have radiator valves, you can also turn off radiators in rooms that are not being used. And if you would like to cut
your heating bills down by 10%, just turn your central heating down by one degree.
Put a jacket on your hot water tank
Fitting your hot water tank with an insulating jacket will only cost a few pounds and pays for itself within 6 months.
Fit one that is at least 75mm (3 inches) thick and you could save £30 each year.
Insulate your roof and walls
Around half the heat lost in a typical home escapes through the walls and the roof. Insulating your loft is simple to
do and you can even do the insulation yourself. If you already have loft insulation check its thickness and if necessary add
another layer to bring it up to the recommended 270mm.
Insulating your wall cavities could save up to £120 a year. Installation takes just a couple of hours for a typical 3
bedroom house and can be done from the outside.
Dodge the draughts
Eliminate draughts and wasted heat by installing a cheap, easy-to-fix brush or pvc seal on your exterior doors. Put draught-proof
covers on letterboxes and keyholes too.
Draughts also get in through gaps in floorboards and skirting boards; stop this by filling these gaps with beading or
Don't leave it on standby
Leaving appliances plugged in and switched on at the socket means they are still using energy-so turn TV's, games consoles
and mobile phone chargers off at the mains to save yourself money.
Turn off the lights
Always turn off the lights when you leave a room. And remember energy saving bulbs still use energy, so keep them switched
off too when not in use.
Buy energy efficient appliances
Always look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo if you are shopping for a new dishwasher, boiler or even just lightbulbs.
It is your guarantee that these products have met the strict criteria on energy efficency, will cost less to run and help
reduce carbom emissions.