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By making the smallest changes at home you can help us all work towards a sustainable, clean and environmentally-friendly way of living. Introducing such energy-saving daily routines will save you money, reduce your carbon footprint and help to save the planet.

  • Turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £40 per year.
  • Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn’t need to be set higher than 60°C/140°F.
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
  • Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily.
  • If you’re not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, use the half-load or economy programme.
  • Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you’re using an electric kettle).
  • A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!
  • Replace your light bulbs with energy saving recommended ones: just one can reduce your lighting costs by up to £100 over the lifetime of the bulb – and they last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.
  • Fill gaps under skirting boards and between floorboards with newspaper, papier-mâché or mastic sealant.
  • Fit a good insulating jacket to your hot water tank if it does not have sprayed foam on the outside
  • Put aluminium foil behind any radiators fitted to outside walls. Ordinary kitchen foil will do, or you can buy specially designed panels from DIY stores.
  • Replace your old boiler with a new energy efficient condensing boiler (ask for more details)
  • Install cavity wall installation
  • Top up loft installation
  • Buy energy saving appliances
  • Wash laundry at 30 degrees

To find out more about global warming visit the BBC’s climate change website. For more information about what you can do, try the Global Action Plan site.


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