10 Ideas on how to turn things around.
Before going green, get energy efficient, and save yourselves some money.If going green still seems a bit of a chore, you can always start by getting more energy efficient.
Before going green, get energy efficient, and save yourselves some money.
If going green still seems a bit of a chore, you can always start by getting more energy efficient. Energy efficiency is all about doing the right thing, and finding practical ways to reduce your energy consumption. Today, using less energy not only helps fight the effects of global warming, but it can also help you to reduce your bills.† Here is our top 10 energy saving ideas:
1.††††† Heating - Turning your thermostat down by 1, and having Central Heating Maintenance carried out could save you up to 10% off your heating bill.
2.††††† Lighting - Low energy light bulbs last up to 15 times longer than traditional bulbs and use 80% less electricity.
3.††††† Cooking - Remember to cover saucepans with lids to ensure the heat is kept in. You may also find you don't need the heat as high with the lid on.
4.††††† Appliances - Donít leave the television on standby as this wastes energy.
5.††††† Bathing - Take a shower instead of a bath, and ensuring you have the correct Boiler Care carried out. An ordinary shower will use a third of the hot water needed for a bath.
6.††††† Cavity Wall - Installing cavity wall insulation could save you up to £235* a year.
7.††††† Loft Insulation - Up to 25% of heat is lost through your roof. Save as much as £90* a year by insulating your loft to 25cm*
8.††††† Washing Machines - An energy efficient washing machine could use up to 33% less energy a year.
9.††††† Fridges - An A-rated fridge-freezer is more energy efficient than other fridge-freezers.
10. Dishwashing - A new energy efficient dishwasher uses 60% of the energy of a typical old one.
Bonus tip:† Finding a cheaper Electricity Supplier would help too.
*The cost savings shown are approximate, are provided for illustrative purposes only and are based on a gas heated semi-detached house with three bedrooms. Savings assume a gas price of 2.57p/kWh with gas consumption, of 31,700 units per annum (prior to installing the insulation measures). Individual savings may vary depending on type, age, main heating fuel of your home or if you choose to take increased warmth following installation of the measures.
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This article has been brought to you by Jay Khan on behalf of Powergen.† Powergen is part of E.ON - UK's largest integrated electricity company. Also brought to you by Powergen are Central Heating Maintenance, and Boiler Maintenance.