Combatting Climate Change

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This is a current list of tips that each of us can do to combat climate change from the Energy Saving Trust. American’s looking at this post should go to climatecrisis.net

1. Don’t leave appliances on standby
Don’t leave appliances, such as TVs, stereos and DVD players, on standby and remember not to leave appliances like mobile phones or laptops on charge unnecessarily. Almost a billion pounds of electricity is wasted in the UK every year by people leaving appliances on standby!

2. Install at least 3 Energy Saving Recommended bulbs.
They cost a bit more than ordinary light bulbs (about £3.50 each) but they last 12 times longer and could save up to £9 on your annual electricity bill or £100 over the bulb’s lifetime!

3. Only boil as much water as you need
Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the element if you’re using an electric kettle). If we all did this we’d save enough electricity to power two thirds of the street lighting in the UK.

4. Insulate your loft
Insulating your loft is one of the simplest ways to save energy and it’s a job that you can easily complete yourself. Although its one of the most important things you can do, insulating your loft is not expensive and a standard 270mm layer could save as much as £180 to £220 a year on fuel bills. It’s a no-brainer!

5. Install cavity wall insulation
Around 33% of the heat lost in an uninsulated home is through the walls, so insulating them can be the most cost-effective way to save energy in the home – it could save £130 to £160 on your annual heating bills! Cavity wall insulation is straightforward and inexpensive and will help to keep your home warm in winter. If every household in the UK, that could, installed cavity wall insulation, together we’d save over £962 million of energy every year!

6. Upgrade your boiler
If your boiler is over 15 years old, it’s probably time to replace it. By law, new boilers must now be of the high-efficiency condensing type. They can help you save up to a third on your heating bills and even more if you upgrade to modern controls.

7. Buy Energy Saving Recommended appliances
When replacing appliances (especially large appliances like fridges and washing machines), look for ones displaying the Energy Saving Recommended logo. Energy saving appliances use less energy and could save you up to £45 a year.

8. Turn your thermostat down by 1oC
Reducing your room temperature by 1ºC could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and save you around £40 per year.

9. Wash your laundry at 30oC
Washing at 30 oC rather than normal temperatures means you use 40% less electricity.

10. Don’t use the car for short journeys
You can reduce carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution by reducing the amount of fuel you use. That means walking, cycling or taking the bus whenever you are able to.

As an addition I recommend people in the U.K. check out ecotricity who promise to charge the same price as your current supplier for electricity but your money will go towards funding sustainable energy. American’s reading this, just buy more economical cars, the national average is 24mpg which is pathetic most cars coming off the line in England are double this. Any questions just comment.