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Energy efficient homes

Energy efficient homes

Energy saving measures

There are lots of things you can do to save energy at home, from simple things like turning down your thermostat by 1 degree centigrade, saving water and recycling, to insulating your loft and cavity walls. By saving energy you'll be reducing your home's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and helping to fight climate change.

Other energy saving measures you can do:

Upgrade your boiler

If your boiler is more than 15 years old then it probably isn't a condensing boiler and won't be as efficient as it should be.

A rated appliances

When buying new appliances, look for the energy efficient logo, try to buy the most efficient model you can afford.

Light Bulbs

Consider replacing energy hungry halogen lights with LED's, they are highly efficient, have an ultra-long life and they are able to reach full brightness instantly.

Tank jacket

If your immersion or hot water tank is not insulated, you could be wasting three-quarters of the energy you are buying to heat your hot water tank. Buy one that is at least 75mm thick. If your existing jacket is less than 75mm thick, consider replacing it or putting another jacket on the top. Insulating hot water pipes, especially those between the boiler and the hot water cylinder, can save you even more money.

Green tariff

When you choose a green tariff, your supplier is obliged to source for you an amount equal to some, or all of the electricity you consume, from existing renewable energy sources (such as a wind farm). Electricity is supplied to your home in exactly the same way - it is a matter for the energy company to buy the same amount to match your energy consumption (and that of all their green electricity customers) from a green energy source.

Food and food miles

Food which is produced here in the UK will still travel hundreds of miles before it’s ready for our consumption. This mass transportation of food makes up around 25% of all heavy Goods vehicle activity on UK roads.

As such, food transport has a huge impact on traffic congestion and road accidents, as well as noise and air pollution. The carbon dioxide emissions from food transport are also negatively linked with climate change.

Consumers can also play their part in cutting those costs and cutting food miles. Here’s how:

  • Make use of supermarket deliver-to-your door services or shop with a friend - both ways of sharing the transport.
  • Where possible, buy from local producers, village shops and farmers markets.
  • If and when you do make a supermarket trip, buy British when the season allows. All produce should be clearly labelled with its country of origin.
  • You could even take to growing some produce of your own, in a garden or allotment.
  • Try to purchase less heavily-packaged goods, or use what waste you can for compost, you will also be doing one more good deed for the environment.