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Household Energy

Household energy accounts for some 17% of the average UK person's carbon footprint. Reduce your footprint by following the advice below

Top Tips for Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Check for draughts

 

Install double glazing if you can

 

Draught proof strips can be applied round doors and windows

 

Fill gaps behind skirting boards, or where pipes come into the house

 

Make sure your letter box and keyhole have covers on them

 

Don’t forget your loft hatch

 

But you still need adequate ventilation, so don’t block air bricks, wall vents, extractor fans or trickle vents

For more information visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

Household lighting

 

Change to LED bulbs

 

Switch lights off when not in use

(This could save you around £20 a year on your annual energy bills)

 

Don’t leave computers, TVs etc on “sleep” mode – turn them off at the plug at the end of the day

(This could save you around £55 a year)

 

For more information visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

Improve your insulation

 

Think about loft, wall, window and floor insulation

A quarter of heat is lost through the roof in an uninsulated home

A loft should have at least 270mm of insulating materials

And don’t forget to think about Insulating your water tank, pipes and radiators as well

For more information visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

Replace your gas boiler

 

Heating your home by gas has a very high carbon footprint compared to using a renewable energy source

Other options are now available – most commonly air-source and ground-source heat pumps

 

For many of us, this is not an easy decision, but the government has recently introduced a Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), which provides grants for people looking to move to lower carbon systems

 

To participate in this scheme you need to work through a certified installer. There are 10 of these within 14 miles of Market Harborough

For more information visit www.gov.uk or www.mcscertified.com/find-an-installer

Turn down your thermostat

 

If possible install individual thermostats in every room, or even on every radiator

 

If you have a hot water tank, install a thermostat and timer on that too

 

Turn radiators off in rooms that are not used every day

 

For rooms that are in use, aim for a temperature of between 15oC and 21oC

 

Just reducing the temperature by 1 degree may reduce your heating bill by £80 per year (according to USwitch)

 

For more information visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk or www.uswitch.com

Use energy efficient appliances

 

Buy the most energy efficient appliances you can afford

 

All new appliances now have an energy efficiency label

 

Ratings go from A to G, with A being the most efficient

 

If your appliances have them, use the Eco mode settings

 

 

For more information visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk or www.energylabel.org.uk

Install solar panels or solar heating for your water

 

Generating your own Solar Power could help you save money on your electricity bills, as well as contribute to reducing the carbon emissions of the UK’s electricity network

 

You will need expert advice to understand the costs and the payback time for your investment.

 

Try using the Solar Energy Calculator on the Energy Saving Trust website

For more information visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

Heat the person not the room

 

Wear the right clothes – start with thermal underwear and wear several layers

 

If sitting for long periods, wear thermal socks and slippers, and cover your legs with a rug, duvet or sleeping bag

 

Use simple ‘gadgets’ to give extra warmth – hot water bottles, USB gloves, heated insoles, heatpads and footwarmers

 

Eat regularly and have at least one hot meal a day

 

For more information visit www.moneysavingexpert.com

Measure and monitor your energy use

Install a Smart Meter

Check your bills regulalrly and contact your supplier if you think you are being charged too much

Compare your bills with your friends and neighbours

Financial help with Home Heating

The UK government will soon be introducing a new grant scheme to help households with limited income to cover the costs of insulation their homes and upgrading their heating systems. The scheme will be called ECO4, and is due to start in July 2022.

 

This article gives more information about what the scheme covers, who will be eligible, and how to to apply.

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