Stay warm, be efficient and save
Using energy efficiently has many benefits for our health and the health of the planet. A warm house can reduce risks of circulatory and respiratory disease and using energy efficiently can mean less fossil fuels burnt and emissions produced, reducing the impacts of climate change. Making small changes to how you use your energy at home can save you money and mean a warmer, more efficient house. There are many ways you can save energy at home, see some of the links below for ideas.
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Top tips for saving energy and money
- Turning heating down by one degree celsius, or reducing heating time by one hour a day can save 10 per cent of heating bills
- Wear more clothes if it's cold rather than turning the heating up. Jumpers, Socks and slippers in particular
- If the heating is on and you're too hot – turn the radiator and/or heating down or off. Don't open the window – you're literally throwing money out of the window
- Use draft proofing as much as you can to block gaps around doors and windows. Thick/lined curtains can keep out the cold, as can draft excluders (long sausage-shaped pillows that can be placed at the bottom of doors to stop the draft).
- Turn appliances off at the wall rather than leave them on standby. Things such as games consoles, televisions and computers will use lots of energy in standby mode, this will also allow them to physically cool down
- Don't leave things like mobile phones and laptops charging after their battery is full – it is bad for the equipment as it reduces the life of the battery and uses energy when it is not needed
- Utilise your pantry for jars and other long-life non-perishable foodstuffs. A pantry is cold enough to store condiments and will give you more room in your refrigerator
- Use low energy light bulbs, they take a few minutes to warm up but once they are they are using far less energy than an incandescent lightbulb
More information to help you save energy and money
Energy Efficiency Directory - See page 16 for a number of resources to help you save money and energy.
New Leaf is a small not-for-profit co-operative working in Herefordshire. We work with people around the county to develop ways of saving energy and living more sustainably.
Through our partnerships we offer impartial advice to communities and households on how to reduce carbon emissions, use water more sustainably and save money on energy bills.
Energy saving tips from Uswitch