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Reducing energy usage around the home will save you money and help the planet too. Reducing energy has not got to be complicated or hard work. Here is a look at various ways it can be achieved.
- A hot shower uses 20% the energy of a hot bath.
- Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth and.... save 7-12 litres of water per minute.
- Fixing a dripping hot water tap... saves enough hot water in one week to fill 1/2 a bath.
- South facing solar water heating panels generate up to 60% of your hot water needs.
- Sun-pipes are an innovative way to pipe natural daylight from the rooftop into a home.
- If everyone insulated their loft... 520 months in bills would be saved in one year.
- Did you know? If everyone in the UK installed loft insulation to a depth of 270mm, we could save around 520 Million and nearly 3 million tonnes of C02 ever year. That's enough to fill Wembley Stadium nearly 380 times.
- Water tank and pipe insulation keeps water hotter for longer by reducing the amount of heat that escapes.
- Use a full load in your washing machine. A half load setting can use more than half the energy of a full load.
- A+ Rated washing machines, fridges and freezers use... 50% less energy than much older machines.
- Only boil as much water as you need. If everyone in the UK did this we could... Save enough electricity in a year to power our street lights for 2 months.
- Draught excluders, around the front door and over the letter box and key holes retain heat.
- If everyone opted out of junk mail... 3.5 million trees could be saved.
- Draught proof leaky window frames.
- Reduces heat loss, draughts and cold spots
- Reduces energy bills.
- A Rated windows have an improved U Value of 1.4W/m2K, from 1.6W/m2K
- Compliant with Building Regulations Part L and Part F and Scottish Section 6 - Conforms to BSEN 1279-2: 2002
- Don't leave mobile phones charging all night.
- In winter set the heating so that it comes on an hour before you get up, rather than leave it on all night.
- Below the surface of a garden the temperature is a constant 10C. By installing pipes and a heat pump the temperature of the water is raised enough to power under floor heating. 'Payback' time is around 10 years.
- Turn down the thermostat
- Reducing room temperature by 1C can cut heating bills by 10%.
- Reflective foil behind radiators.
- Half the heat from the radiators goes out the back and gets wasted.
- Lights turned off when not in room.
- Use energy saving light bulbs.
- Turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby... 6 - 10% in electricity saved.
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