A quick guide to saving energy in the home

פורסם: 19 במרץ 2010, 11:21 על ידי: Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 19 במרץ 2010, 11:28 ]
that the level of CO2 in our atmosphere is getting dangerous, and that the consequent climate change effects are happening faster than anticipated. As more than 40% of the UK’s CO2 emissions result from the choices we make as individuals, we can take action on this global issue by reducing our own CO2 emissions. This feature shows you how. 
  1. The most effective action you can take
  2. Won’t cost you a penny – do this week!
  3. Will cost a little but you will save money almost immediately – do within the next few weeks
  4. Will involve upfront costs, but you will save money over the longer term

The most effective action you can take

1. Fit loft insulation

InsulationHouses lose a quarter of their heat through the roof, so lagging your loft to the recommended depth of 270mm will save on your heating bills every year. Insulating your loft can be done for as little at £250, but there are offers available to help cover the cost and make it even cheaper – maybe even free if you’re elderly or receiving benefits.

2. Cavity wall insulation

Houses lose a third of their heat through the walls. Installing cavity wall insulation only takes a couple of hours and is easily done by the insulator from outside the house, yet it could save up to £115 every year on your fuel bills, as well as cutting your carbon footprint. If you have solid walls, these can also be insulated.

3. Install draught excluders

Fitting draught excluders where there are gaps could save £20 per year.

4. Windows

If your house does not yet have double glazing, installing it could save up to £80 a year.

5. Get some financial help

There may be grants and offers available to help you make your home more energy efficient.

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Won’t cost you a penny – do this week!

1. Switch off appliances

Switch off appliances when not in use to save £30 per year. Leaving unused appliances on standby (which means they’re still using energy) costs around £800 million a year in the UK alone.

2. Boil as much water as you need

Only boiling as much water as you need could save you up to £25 a year (based on five kettles a day, boiling one litre more than necessary).

3. Hang out clothes to dry in good weather

Switch on the washing machine when you have a full load, and wash clothes at 30º to save energy and money.

4. Take a quick shower

Take a quick shower rather than a long bath to cut your water use in half.

5. Turn down your thermostat

ThermostatTurning your thermostat down by 1ºC could reduce CO2 emissions and cut your fuel bills by up to 10 per cent.

6. Try walking instead of driving

Try walking instead of driving to replace one short car journey a week. Also, follow smarter driving tips – like keeping tyres correctly inflated and changing up a gear a little earlier – to save up to a month’s worth of fuel a year.

7. Try not to waste food

Try not to waste food – the average UK household spends £424 a year on food that goes straight in the bin. Plan a menu for the days ahead, make shopping lists and use leftovers wisely.

8. Set hot water thermostat to 60ºC

Turn the thermostat down on your hot water cylinder so that it’s set at 60ºC or 140ºF and save.

9. Close the curtains

Close the curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.

10. Take a home energy check

Answer some simple questions about your home and get a free, impartial report telling you how you can save up to £270 a year on your household energy bills. Or call the ACT ON CO2 advice line on 0800 512 012 for advice on saving energy and money in your home.

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Will cost a little but you will save money almost immediately – do within the next few weeks

1. Switch to energy saving light bulbs

LightbulbReplace traditional 100W light bulbs with energy saving ones and you will save up to £60 over the lifetime of the new bulb.

2. Recycle everything your local council will collect

Most recycling is free, but some bulky goods and electrical items may cost a small amount.

3. Fit insulating jacket to hot water tank

Fitting your hot water tank with an insulating jacket will only cost a few pounds and, with all the heat it traps, it pays for itself within six months. Fit one that’s at least 75mm (3 inches) thick and you could save around £30 a year. If every UK household that could fitted an adequate tank-jacket tomorrow, it would save over £132 million of energy every year.

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Will involve upfront costs, but you will save money over the longer term

1. Fit an energy efficient boiler

Replace a boiler (10-15 years old) with an energy efficient condensing boiler (‘A’ rated) and suitable controls (e.g. thermostats) and you could save £200 each year each year. The Government’s Boiler Scrappage Scheme could help you cover the cost of the job with a £400 cashback offer.

2. Buy energy saving appliances

Replace white goods with energy saving recommended appliances, and you could save between £5 and £20 each year.

3. Buy a fuel efficient car

Next time you buy a car, choose a more fuel-efficient model and you could save up to three months’ worth of fuel in a year.

Source: Act On CO2