What Householders Can Do
Almost half of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from things we all do every day.
Heating accounts for 60% of your home’s energy use; hot water for 23%; cooking for 3%; lighting 3%; and appliances, consumer electronics and computers account for 11%. Any savings that you can make will soon start to add up.
The Energy Saving Trust recommend following their top ten tips to save energy:
- When making hot drinks you should only boil as much as you need
- Try turning your central heating thermostat down by 1oC
- Turn your appliances off - do not keep on standby
- If possible Install cavity wall insulation
- Top up your loft insulation to 270mm (10.5 inches)
- Replace 3 light bulbs with Energy Saving Recommended ones
- Install a condensing boiler
- Buy Energy Saving Recommended appliances
- Wash your laundry at 30oC
- Try not to use your car for short journeys
How can I find out my home’s energy use?
The Energy Saving Trust has an on-line Home Energy Check – which you can fill in order to receive a free personalised report showing you how much energy and money you can save in your home.
You can calculate your carbon footprint on-line on the directgov website to see how much of an impact your activities are having on the planet.
Is there any help towards the cost?
You can call your local Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre on 0800 512 012 for free impartial advice on all domestic energy related enquiries, and find out about any grants that may be available to you.
Currently there are grants available for:
- Cavity wall and/or loft insulation – the grants are available to all householders.
- If you are over 70 or on certain benefits you can get cavity wall and/or loft insulation for free.
- The installation of renewable technologies.
- Householders can also receive a discount on the cost of a new boiler.
If you are on certain benefits you may be eligible for a grant of up to £2700 towards heating improvements through Warmfront, a Government funded scheme which aims to make homes warmer, healthier and more energy efficient. You can call them 0800 408 0680 for further details or find out if you are eligible for a grant.
Solent Green Deal
The Green Deal is a nationwide Government initiative to enable homeowners and tenants to make energy efficient improvements to their homes with no initial installation costs! The expected savings made on energy bills will always be equal to or greater than the cost of the work. There will also be additional help for those most in need, such as the vulnerable, those on low incomes and those with homes that are expensive to improve. For more information about the scheme, visit the Solent Green Deal website.
If you have done all you can to make your home energy efficient and you are interested in making more CO2 savings you may like to consider generating your own energy from renewable sources such as from the wind, sun or wood.
Please see the Renewable Energy Web page for more information.
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