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Around the home
- Turn down the thermostat by 1oC - reduce your heating bill by up to 10%
- Use energy saving light bulbs - save up to £60 per year
- Always turn off lights when leaving a room
- Do not leave computers, televisions, VCR, DVD or Blu-ray players on stand-by
- Only boil sufficient water in a kettle for your immediate need – make sure element is covered
- Close curtains at dusk
- Water cylinder thermostat need be no higher than 60oC – 65oC
- Choosing a 30oC washing cycle can reduce costs by half. Only use a pre-wash when necessary. Always do a full load.
- Dry washing outdoors whenever possible
- Using a steamer can reduce the number of rings needed on a hot-plate
- Defrost fridges and freezers regularly
- Always keep a deep freeze full – it is more energy efficient - but air must be allowed to circulate freely
- Turn off your mobile phone charger as soon as charging is completed
In your Car
- Keep tyres correctly inflated and so reduce petrol consumption – under-inflated tyres create more rolling resistance
- Remove all unnecessary weight from your car
- Only turn on the engine when you are ready to go – engine warms up as quickly as possible when being driven
- Avoid rapid acceleration and breaking (except in an emergency)
- Obey all speed limits - not only keeps you legal but reduces CO2 emissions and increases fuel economy.
According to Department of Transport figures driving at 70 mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60 mph and up to 15% more than at 50 mph.
Cruising at 80 mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70 mph.
- Roof insulation can reduce heating cost by up to 20%. Roof insulation needs to be between 250-300mm deep.
- 25% - 33% of heat can be lost through poorly insulated walls. Install cavity wall insulation.
- 20% of heat is lost through a closed single glazed window. Double glazing can reduce heat loss from windows by up to 50%.
- Hot water tank insulation needs to be at least 80mm thick. Where possible fit a thermostat to your hot water cylinder.
- Apply draught-stripping to doors and windows.
- When buying a new appliance look for the EU energy label – aim for an A-rated appliance.
- Hard to treat walls can be dealt with by internal dry lining or external rendering.
- Fit thermostats to radiators and turn them to low or off when room is not in use.
Reduce your carbon footprint - Save the planet!
|Turn your home into a mini power station with these options:|
|Solar water heating||Constant hot water through the summer at no cost|
|Solar Voltaics||Make the most of the new Feed-in Tariff|
|other options include|
Heat Pumps to pump heat out of the ground or the air
Hydro Electric schemes
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