Top Tips to Reduce Energy Consumption at Home
The energy consumption used to power, heat and light our homes has a direct effect on our environmental impact. Therefore, using energy resourcefully lowers carbon emissions and helps to protect our environment.
Fossil fuels are the world’s primary source of energy consumption and account for approximately 80% of the world’s usage. Fossil fuels are organic materials formed from decayed plants and animals over millions of years, and they include coal, natural gas and oil that are burned to produce power.
In addition, the environmental effects of burning fossil fuels are vast. The extraction of fossil fuels creates air and water pollution, along with land and wildlife degeneration. Furthermore, when we burn fossil fuels, they emit toxins such as carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming.
By reducing your energy consumption, you will help to reduce the number of toxic fumes emitted into the environment, most notably carbon dioxide which, accounts for a vast percentage of airborne pollution.
In conclusion, if every household made one small change to reduce energy consumption at home, such as replacing one incandescent light bulb with an energy-efficient bulb, we could make a significant impact on our environment today and for future generations to come.
- Electric ovens with the new A+ energy rating use approximately 40% less energy than a B- rated oven.
- Over ten year lifetime an A+++ Fridge Freezer can save you £190 in energy bills compared with an A+ model.
- Insulating your loft could save you around £200 a year off your energy bills.
- Sealing your home and blocking cracks you will save money on your energy bill.
- Block unused fireplaces to stop draughts.
- Wash your clothes on a 30-degree wash.
- When making a cuppa fill the kettle with the water you need, rather than boiling a full pot.
- By turning off appliances at the plug you could save around £30 a year.
- Use smart home thermostats to control the heat in your home.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient lightbulbs.
- Turn off all lights in the home when you go to bed or leave the room.
- Switch TVs off standby as you are still using unnecessary energy.