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:

  • Switch off standby - turn electrical appliances off at the plug
  • Be careful in the kitchen - use a bowl to wash up not running water; only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need
  • Fit a water efficient shower head if your shower takes water from the boiler or a hot water tank
  • Spend one minute less in the shower
  • Draught proof windows, doors and gaps around floors and skirting boards
  • Take control of your heating - having room thermostat, programmer and thermostatic radiator valves will help save money, turn down your room thermostat by 1 degree and only put heating and hot water on when you need them.
  • Use smart heating controls
  • Switch to LED spotlights and regular bulbs to CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps)
  • turn off lights when you aren't using them
  • Install cavity wall insulation or solid wall insulation when applicable
  • Install a Condensing boiler or make sure your boiler is working correctly
  • Top up your loft insulation to 270mm

How can I find out my home’s energy use?

The Energy Saving Trust has an on-line 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.

Is there any help towards the cost?

You can call the Hitting the Cold Sports team at the Environment Centre on 0800 804 8601 for free impartial advice on advice about keeping your home warm and to find out about any grants that may be available to you.

You can also call the local Energy Savings Trust Advice Centre on 0300 123 1234 for free impartial advice on all domestic energy related enquiries, and find out about any grants that may be available.

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 The Government have withdrawn funding for this scheme so unless you have already signed up to a Green Deal package, this option may not be available.  For more information about the scheme, visit the Solent Green Deal website.

Next Steps

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.

External links Test Valley Borough Council does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of the links or services below.  Please note: when you follow these links you will leave this site.

The Environment Centre www.environmentcentre.com        

Hitting the Cold Spots - http://www3.hants.gov.uk/cold-spots
The Energy Saving Trust - http://www/energysavingtrust.org.uk