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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

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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)


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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

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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

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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)


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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



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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

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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


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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

More help and advice in our blogs

As well as the Top Tips shown above, we have created a number of blogs relating to Household Energy, which give more detailed information. Just click on the links to read more.

If you would like to suggest an item for a blog, or would like to write one yourself, just let us know.

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.

If you would like to join Harborough Climate Action or ask us a question, or suggest something you would like to see on our website, just drop us an email

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