Energy Saving in the Home
If we use
energy more efficiently in the home it will help both the environment and our
pocket. It will save us money. It will also help to reduce carbon dioxide
emissions. A build up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere acts like the glass in a
greenhouse and stops heat escaping into space, as a result the world gets hotter and
climate patterns change with increasing risk of drought and flooding. This is known
as global warming. Carbon dioxide is mostly produced through the burning of coal,
oil and gas to produce energy including electricity. We can save energy in the home
by doing some of the following:
Lag the hot water tank.
Jackets dont cost much but still save on the cost of heating water.
Use thermostats and timers
on heating systems and keep the thermostat low in bedrooms, halls and rooms that are not
Turn off unused lights and
appliances, especially televisions.
Insulate the attic
including the pipes and the tanks. Dont forget to insulate the trapdoor also.
Draught proof the windows
and doors. If changing them go for double glazed units instead.
Insulate the walls - the
largest area of heat loss. There are now numerous cheap ways of doing this.
appliances, especially the boiler.
Fit energy efficient
boilers when buying or replacing a central heating boiler.
When buying appliances, go
for the Energy Efficient models.
Use low energy light bulbs
(CFLs). Although they cost more they use less energy and last much longer.
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