Save Energy - Together We Can Make a Difference
Saving energy makes sense. Not only does it help to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions, it also saves you money. Below are some simple changes you can make to cut your energy use:
We can reduce energy use by making changes to our property and the way we use energy at home:
- Around 33 percent of the heat lost in your home is through the walls, so insulating them can be the most cost effective way to save energy in the home. Installing cavity wall insulation can save you up to £150 per year on your heating bills
- Laying your loft with 10 inches of insulation can save you around 25 percent of your home's energy use. An adequate amount of insulation (270mm) can also save you around a quarter of heating costs and up to £200 every year
- Double glazing cuts heat loss through windows by half and can save up to £100 off your annual bill
- Replace your light bulbs with energy saving recommended ones: just one can reduce your lighting costs by up to £78 over the lifetime of the bulb - and they last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs
- Replace boilers over 15 years old with a new energy efficient one. High efficiency condensing boilers are the most energy efficient and can save up to a third of your annual heating bills
- Turning your thermostat down by 1ºC could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £100 per year
- Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn't need to be set any higher than 60ºC/140ºF
- Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily
- When you need to buy a new appliance, make sure it has got an A or A+ energy efficiency rating
- If you're not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, use the half-load or economy programmes
- Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle)
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off
There is additional information and advice on keeping your home insulated on the home heat loss page in the Housing Advice section of the website.
If you spend more than 10% of your income on heating you may qualify for additional support to help you reduce your energy bills - for more information visit the fuel poverty page.
There are lots of ways that we can help to save energy at work - for example:
- Only print documents when it is absolutely necessary
- Avoid running both heating and air conditioning at the same time
- Turn off all lights before leaving at the end of the day
- Unplug your mobile phone charger when not in use
- Turn off your computer screen at lunch or when you go to meetings
- Only boil as much water as you need in the kettle, and if you are making a cup of tea or coffee, check whether your colleagues want one too - boiling a kettle once for five people is more energy efficient than boiling it for one person five times!
For more information on how to make your business greener, visit our advice for businesses page.
Changing the way we get around can make a real difference to our personal carbon footprint:
- Walk or cycle whenever possible
- Use public transport where you can
- For most journeys in the UK it is quicker to take the train than fly, and this will also use less energy
- Why fly long-haul to find a beach? Re-discover what the UK and Europe has to offer, and save energy in the process!
- For free and impartial energy advice tailored to you visit the Energy Saving Trust website (external link) or call 0800 512 012 . The Energy Saving Trust are a non-profit organisation that provide advice to help people reduce their energy use
- If you're thinking of making changes to your home the council's Greening Your Home Guide gives practical advice on a range of options for making it more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.