Climate change is upon us and we must all start doing something now before it is too late. They say charity begins at home and if we must succeed in reverting the effect of climate change, we must all begin from our various home.
A quick glance through the list below will show you how easy it is to make real energy savings by following a 12 simple do’s and don’ts that will make significant impact to the fight against climate change and also make you big savings from energy bills. Even little things such as not leaving your TV on stand-by or checking furniture isn’t placed too near radiators or heaters will make a big difference to how much energy you use and how much money you save. It’s Win-Win for all.
- Do think about turning your thermostat down by just 1°c as this can cut up to 10% off your energy bill
- Don’t leave central heating switched on if you don’t need it. Background heating is only needed if the temperature is freezing or if you are are going away for a few days and should be regulated by a programmer and room thermostat
- Do close your curtains at dusk to keep heat from being lost through the windows. Also make sure curtains are placed behind radiators, to keep the heat in the room
- Do open doors in sunny rooms and let warm air into other parts of the room
- Do turn off lights when you leave a room. Beware of leaving dark areas which might be dangerous for children and the elderly
- Don’t use more lights than you really need to during daylight hours. Ensure your curtains or blinds are adjusted to let in as much light as possible
- Do fit an energy saving light bulb if you use a light for an average of three hours a day or more. It uses around a quarter of the electricity and lasts eight times longer than an ordinary light bulb
- Don’t forget if you fit lower wattage bulbs in main lights, directional lights can be used for reading and sewing. Make sure you have adequate lighting in areas such as hallways
- Do make sure you defrost your fridge regularly as this will help keep it running efficiently, and reduce running costs
- Do always put the plug in a basin or sink. Leaving hot water taps running without the plug in is both wasteful and expensive
- Don’t have your water to a scalding temperature. For most people, setting the thermostat to a level of 50°c to 55°C is quite adequate.
- Do make sure you buy eco friendly and energy efficient products. Always remember to Reuse, Reduce and Recycle as much as you can
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