Simple solutions for energy efficiency

Simple solutions to save energy and money at home

Here are a few quick tips and tricks for you to reduce both your carbon footprint from using gas sources and your economic value within the home:

Kitchen

  1. Only put in the kettle the amount of water you will be using to boil
  2. Use your boiler programmer so that your heating only comes on when you need it
  3. Load your dish washer fully and use the Eco setting
  4. Load your washing machine fully and wash at 30 °C
  5. Wash your pots in a bowl of warm water, instead of under a running tap

Bedroom

  1. Ensure heating and lights are turned off when not in the room, keep windows closed if cold

Bathroom

  1. Try to be aware of how long you spend in the shower and set yourself a target of taking one minute less. Take showers and not baths to conserve water and heating.
  2. Fit an aerating shower head – these are low flow and conserve water whilst creating the illusion of a higher flow of water
  3. Install tap inserts – these help to reduce your water usage

Garden

  1. Hang your washing out to dry, where possible instead of tumble drying
  2. Don’t leave sprinklers on for too long

Living room

  1. Switch off devices, like your television when not in use and avoid standby
  2. Ensure heating and lights are turned off when not in the room, keep windows closed if cold

Other tips:

  • Ensure you have efficient wall and roof insulation – insulation keeps the home both warm and cold in the correct climates. Having your walls insulated is a simple and effective way to prevent heat from escaping and to save on your fuel bills. Approximately a third of all heat in a home that is not insulated is lost through the walls.
  • Ensure you have full sealed windows and double/ triple glazing to trap in heat.
  • Renewable energy sources – to reduce your co2 emissions and carbon footprint, source a renewable energy provider or even have your own personal solar panels/ geothermal underground heating or wind turbine fitted.
  • Choosing energy saving appliances, when buying appliances for your home, look out for the energy ratings label and consider the size that you require. Choosing A+++ ratings or near this will save you money and make you more energy efficient.
  • There are two main types of energy efficient lighting: Compact Florescent Lamps (CFLs) are available to fit nearly all shapes and sizes of fitting. These are what most people think of as low energy light bulbs. Lighting Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are ultra-low energy lights. LEDs are an excellent replacement for halogen downlighters and other spotlights. They are now widely available for ‘standard’ fittings and mostly work with dimmer switches.
  • Draft proof your home, ensure all cavities are blocked to stop energy escaping.

For further information, visit www.eversmartenergy.co.uk

Grace Bowden
Senior Marketing Executive
Eversmart Energy

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