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Saving Energy in the home can save you hundreds in your pocket


Energy used in homes is responsible for over a quarter of all UK emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas causing climate change. Making your home as energy efficient as possible will reduce carbon emissions and could also save you on average £250 a year on your fuel bills.

Take control of your heating

Turn down your thermostat to save money and fuel

You can cut a surprising amount of wasted energy with clever use of your central heating controls. These can include:

  • thermostats for heating and hot water
  • radiator valves with thermostats included
  • electronic timers

Taking a few simple steps can save you money and reduce your carbon footprint:

  • use the timer to make sure the heating is only on when you need it
  • when you move house, ask the landlord or the people moving out to show you how the controls work
  • if you're having a new boiler or hot water cylinder put in, ask the person installing it to talk you through the controls - and ask for a follow-up visit
  • try turning the room thermostat down by just one degree Celsius - you could save as much as 10 per cent on your heating bills

Choose an energy efficient boiler

More than 80 per cent of home energy use is for heating and hot water - so getting a more energy efficient boiler can make a big difference. Look out for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended label when you're choosing a new boiler. This label can only be used on the most energy efficient products, usually the top 20 per cent of those available.

Insulate your walls and loft

More than half the heat lost in an uninsulated home escapes through the walls or the roof. Installing loft insulation could save you up to £225 a year and installing cavity wall insulation could save you £110 a year on average.

Other ways to keep the heat in

Walls and roofs are the biggest heat loss culprits, but you don't have to stop there:

  • double glazing can cut heat loss through windows by half
  • insulate your hot-water tank
  • lag your pipes
  • put draught-proofing strips round windows and doors - if you can feel cold air coming in, it means warm air is going out the same way
  • if your home has a cellar space, under-floor insulation can help keep the warmth in

The link 'Energy efficient glazing' advises you on which kinds of windows are best for you and how to find a registered installer. To find out if you're eligible for an energy saving grant, which may cover windows, call the ACT ON CO2 helpline on 0800 512012.

Think about renewable energy sources for your heating

Renewable energy can sometimes be an option for both heating and powering homes. The most common renewable energy technologies are solar, wind, water (hydro) and wood fuel. Using renewable energy can make a significant contribution to reducing climate change effects.

 

 

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