Save energy (and money!)
The average house in the UK produces around 6 tonnes of CO2. However, a third of this (around £200 a year) can easily be saved through simple energy efficiency measures.
The majority of CO2 comes from the energy used to heat your home and provide hot water. The rest is used to power appliances and lights.
For free, tailor made, independent advice on how to save energy in your home and for information on grants and discounts call your local Energy Efficiency Advice Centre free on 0800 512 012 or visit the Energy Saving Trust website which has excellent advice on things like light bulbs and a page where you can look up which product to buy.
Switch to a renewable electricity supplier
Rather than buying your electricity from one of the big suppliers, you could switch to one which uses renewable energy sources to generate its electricity. Here are a few:
- Good Energy (based in Chippenham, so they’re local too)
- Juice , run by NPower and Greenpeace
- Ecotricity, (Stroud base) invest profits wholly in windpower.
- Find renewable electricity suppliers in your area at www.greenelectricity.org
Install a solar panel (or wind turbine, or heat pump….)
As much of 40% of the electricity generated and supplied to the national grid is lost in inefficiencies in the power stations and in transmission across the country. De-centralised electricity means generating it where it will be used, and selling any surplus back to the national grid.
You can read about the experiences of one person who gets much of their electricity from photovoltaic solar panels at the Renewable Energy generators’ Journal.
When you change your boiler, buy a condensing boiler – as well as helping to save our climate it can also save you 32 percent on your heating bills.
Boilers account for around 60 per cent of all domestic CO2 emissions.
Using a high efficiency condensing boiler with heating controls could save you up to £180 a year, and significantly cut your home’s CO² emissions.
As the current lifespan of a boiler is 10-15 years, choosing a heating system with a high efficiency condensing boiler is very important!
With the correct heating controls,
Can make a huge difference to your heating bills over time.
There may be grants and offers,
Available to help you install an energy efficient heating system.
Wood Burning Boilers
Not so well known but a very interesting renewable energy source alternative.
The National Energy Foundations Log Pile Website promoting wood fuel in the UK.
Biomass energy stored in living material such as trees or straw can be converted into heat and electricity through burning, pyrolysis or gasification. The overall amount of CO2 absorbed whilst the plant is growing is the same as that released during combustion. As long as replacement trees are planted, biomass is seen as being carbon neutral, and clean wood burnt efficiently complies with clean air legislation.
Biomass is a fuel from any recently living organism, the form most readily available in the U.K. is chipped wood. This can be from woodland lop and top, purpose grown coppice or green wood residues from sawmills, diseased wood from tree surgeons etc. Beyond this, the primary source is miscanthus, a large fibrous grass and wood which is produced in a pelletised form.As a source of renewable energy wood fuel has huge environmental benefits.
Grants & Incentives are available in the UK.
Fit a Sava Plug
Costs £19.95 inc p&p saves about £10 a year on electricity, has a 10 year guarantee. Connect to fridge or freezer.was developed in conjunction with the Department of Energy.The 10-year guarantee means that you can rely on making savings year after year. Savings amount to around £120.00 over the guarantee period. Not a bad investment – as well as over a tonne of CO2 saved from polluting the environment!