The climate crisis is an issue affecting every person across the globe, yet, luckily, it’s not something which we are powerless to do anything about.
Following the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow at the end of last year, a new global agreement was reached which aimed to reduce the worst impacts of climate change and part of this included a pledge by all countries involved to cut emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2).
Even the smallest changes could make a difference and there is something that each and every one of us can do to help in the drive towards sustainability and reversing the effects of climate change.
It’s very clear that, with concerns growing surrounding the pending hike in energy costs in the UK this year, now could be the perfect time to make changes which not only help the environment, but save you money in the process. So what’s involved?
Save energy in homes and businesses
We talked last month about how getting your appliances, such as your boiler, serviced regularly can make them run more efficiently, saving money on your household bills. And there’s another gain to be had from doing this. Increased appliance efficiency also means that less energy will be wasted into the atmosphere, making it a win for the environment.
On top of getting services of major household appliances carried out annually, implementing certain practices in and around your home on a daily basis can help to save energy, so, try the following 12 energy-saving tips, in your homes and businesses:
- Switch lights off when leaving a room empty.
- Never leave appliances, such as televisions and games consoles, on standby – turn them off at the plug.
- Wash clothes at lower temperatures.
- Install more energy efficient appliances (talk to us about new boiler installation).
- Install a smart thermostat and keep the indoor temperature as low as you can manage – even a reduction of as little as one degree can save on energy and cost.
- Don’t waste water – only use what you need, when filling the kettle, or taking a shower, for example.
- Take showers instead of baths more regularly – this means less water use, as well as less energy being required to heat the water.
- Draught proof your property to stop heat from escaping and more energy being needed to heat the space.
- Switch to LED bulbs which will save energy and last longer.
- Unplug all chargers when not in use.
- Only run your dishwasher when it’s full. Wash up in a bowl when you can, instead of just letting the water run.
- Make sure your home is properly insulated, as well as your water tank, pipes and radiators.
There’s never been a better time to start making changes to your lifestyle that will save you money, while ensuring you do your bit for sustainability and the reduction of the damaging effects of climate change.
If you would like to make the most of the energy efficiency in your home, fill out our online contact form, or, give us a call today on 01903 237522, to discuss how we can help.