Home Energy Consumption

Home energy use accounts for one-third of the UK's carbon emissions and so is just as significant in our fight to protect the environment as business and transport. The good news is that for anyone who wants to improve the energy efficiency of their house or save energy at home there is masses of support, advice and funding available.

  1. Use low energy light bulbs: They can reduce the energy you spend on lighting by 80% and can last up to 12 years.
  2. Switch off at the mains: TVs, videos and electric chargers use 80% of their full power if left on standby. By switching your electrical appliances off at the plug you could save up to 10% on your electricity bill.
  3. Cook smart: Cover your pans when you cook, it can reduce the energy used by up to 90%. Boil only the amount of water you need and use the right size of pan for the food and cooker ring. Any heat you can see around the pan is being wasted and is costing you money.
  4. Wash wise: Use the lowest temperature setting appropriate on your washing machine and always wash a full load, or use the half-load setting. On a nice day hang your washing outside instead of using a tumble dryer. It could save you between 5-10% on your annual electricity bill.
  5. Fridges and freezers: Make sure all food is cooled down before it goes in the fridge or freezer. Defrost your freezer regularly to keep it running efficiently and cheaply.
  6. Heating: Turning your thermostat down by 1°C could save you 10% of your annual heating bill and setting your hot water cylinder thermostat to 60°C/140°F can reduce your water heating bill by 4%.
  7. Cavity wall insulation: If your property is built after 1930, you probably have cavity walls. You can easily get these insulated by a professional installer.  For a small cost, or free if you are on benefits or have trouble paying your fuel bills, you could reduce your heating bill by 30% and help keep your home cool in summer. 
  8. Draught-proof your windows, doors and loft hatch: Brushes and strips are available from all good local DIY and hardware stores. For a £10–£20 outlay you could save 10–15% on your gas bill. Make sure you don't draught-proof your airbricks though, otherwise your gas appliances won't be properly ventilated.
  9. Heating controls: Fitting thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) to your radiators could help you reduce your central heating bills by up to 17%. TRVs monitor and respond to the temperature in each room, ensuring no rooms are over or under-heated.
  10. Buy A-rated: (or A++ rated) energy-efficient appliances, they usually only cost a few pounds more but you'll recoup those costs through reduced electricity bills (up to 6% less per year). 

Customers want more information from gas and electricity companies on how much energy household appliances use to help them cut back on soaring bills, according to a study. Research into the views of 100 domestic energy users across Britain showed confusion about the cost of running household goods such as televisions and dishwashers. 

Appliance Usage Cost per year kg CO2 per year
Fridge-Freezer A spec 24 hours a day  £          40.80 175
Electric Tumble Dryer 148 uses per year  £          37.00 159
Electric Hob 424 uses per year  £          30.10 129
Fridge-Freezer A+ spec 24 hours a day  £          27.00 116
Electric Oven 135.1 uses per year  £          21.08 91
Fridge-Freezer A ++ spec 24 hours a day  £          20.60 89
Dishwasher at 65°C 135 uses per year  £          19.44 84
Kettle 1542 uses per year  £          16.90 73
Standard Light Bulb 4 hours a day  £          14.60 63
Gas Hob 424 uses per year  £          14.12 71
Washing Machine 187 washes per year  £          11.78 51
Dishwasher at 55°C 110 uses per year  £          11.77 51
Microwave Oven 96 times per year  £           9.07 39
Gas Oven 135.1 uses per year  £           7.60 38
Low Energy Light Bulb 4 hours a day  £           2.63 11

* Source carbonfootprint.com



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