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About 8 to 10 per cent of the total electricity used in the average home is wasted when appliances are left on standby. Some appliances even use 25 per cent of their normal power in standby mode. (Source:biggreenswitch.co.uk)
Turn off your PC when away from your desk - (this may be difficult at work). A PC left running 24 hours a day would use £59 worth of electricity over a 12 month period and result in emissions of 716Kg of carbon dioxide a year. (source: www.admin.ox.ac.uk)
2:21pm Tuesday 24th July 2007
Loft insulation should be 270mm (10.5 inches) deep. If you put it in 10 years ago, it will have compacted and will need topping up or replacing. (source: Energy Saving Trust) (Submitted by the South West London Energy Efficiency Advice Centre - freephone number 0800 512012)
A hot water tank jacket costs £15-20 and can save £30 in a year. If you have an old one, fit an extra one - and insulate the first metre of pipe coming out of the top as well. Foam that fits around the pipe can be put on in seconds. (sources: Energy Saving Trust; NEA) (Submitted by the South West London Energy Efficiency Advice Centre - freephone number 0800 512012)
When your mobile phone is charged, switch off or unplug the charger and save 10kg of carbon dioxide (CO2 ) and £1.90 a year. (Submitted by the South West London Energy Efficiency Advice Centre - freephone number 0800 512012)
Don't overfill your fridge or freezer. 3/4 full allows the air to circulate without extra burden on the motor as does keeping it in a cool place (not next to the oven or in full sun). (source: Energy Saving Trust) (Submitted by the South West London Energy Efficiency Advice Centre - freephone number 0800 512012)
Get out of hot water - turn down your hot water tank thermostat to 60C (140F). (sources: Energy Saving Trust; NEA.) (Submitted by the South West London Energy Efficiency Advice Centre - freephone number 0800 512012)
Get to know your local Energy Efficiency Advice Centre. Call FREEPHONE 0800 512 012 and speak to a trained energy advisors. Their advice is free and impartial. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org (Submitted by the South West London Energy Efficiency Advice Centre - freephone number 0800 512012)
If your boiler is over ten years old, it is worth replacing it; technical improvements mean that new boilers and control systems are significantly more efficient that they were even five years ago, now achieving energy ratings of more than 90%. The most efficient type of gas fired boiler is the condensing boiler which recycles otherwise wasted energy from the combustion gases. The Energy Efficiency Advice Centre runs a database on suitable products. Use individual thermostatic controls on radiators in every room. If the room isn't in use, keep the control turned to low to avoid heating rooms unnecessarily. Ring 0800 512012 for further details.
Maximise the efficiency of your appliances - not only will this benefit the environment, it can also save you considerable money on your bills. Make sure white goods like fridges, freezers and washing machines, are A rated (or A++ for fridges and freezers). This means that they are very efficient and, in the case of washing machines, use less water than other models. Remember to turn off computers, TVs and video/DVD players rather than leaving them on stand-by when not in use, as this will substantially cut energy use.
Around 20% of the heat lost from an average home is through the windows. Consider double glazing your windows or secondary double-glazing if you live in a period property. Double-glazing cuts heat loss through windows by 50% and could significantly reduce your heating bill.
Insulating your home is a great way to reduce energy costs. There is a range of grants available to help with insulation costs. The UK Government funds schemes providing up to £2,500 to households on certain benefits to improve their heating and energy efficiency. Some local authorities also offer grants and more information can be found by ringing 0800 512 012. Grants are available for solar panels and other microgeneration technologies via the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.
Now that the clocks have gone forward, it's time to make use of that extra light in the evenings. Save energy and keep your bills down by using natural light. Pale coloured walls, mirrors, and clutter free windows will help maximize this natural resource.
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