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Tips for Energy-Efficient homes

Energy efficiency is an effective way to help reverse climate change. The more energy we save, the fewer carbon emissions there are to contribute to the climate crisis. By making changes in our homes, collectively, we can make a difference and ease the strain on our finances.

At the present time, the cost of living and energy bills are increasing, energy supplies are globally being disrupted and the IPPC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has released a report that showed climate change is accelerating faster than ever and urgent action is needed. Governments need to accelerate investment in renewable energy and increase the energy efficiency of homes. (A Rocha article on the eco board)

As individuals and as a church community we can do something, we can make changes in our way of life. Insulating our homes, buying energy efficient products, having an efficient heating system and generating energy from renewables, are all major steps towards reducing our carbon footprint.

Below are a few energy saving behaviours that are easy to implement, which will save both energy and money.

  • Turn the heating thermostat down. According to the Energy Saving Trust, by turning the thermostat down by one degree, saves 10% on your heating bill.

  • Bleed radiators: reducing cold spots, reduces their energy needs.

  • Unplug or switch off devices that use energy on standby. Unplug phones and laptops as soon as fully charged, not only saves money, but also prolongs battery life.

  • Move furniture away from radiators to allow the warm air to circulate. Retain heat in the room, by closing the curtains when the sun goes down. Draught proof windows and doors.

  • Only light the room you are using and use energy efficient bulbs throughout the house. Don’t heat rooms not in use and keep the door closed.

  • Use the microwave or slow cooker more to reduce wasted energy. They only heat the food, rather than the airspace around it.

  • Do fewer loads of washing a week. Make sure the machine is full when you use it and use a 30-degree cycle. Dry clothes outside when possible and avoid the tumble dryer.

  • When using the kettle, boil only the amount of water you need. Use it straight away, so you don’t have to re-boil it.

  • Fridges and freezers are on continually. If freestanding, dust the condensing coils twice a year, to aid efficiency. Check seals are intact. Keep defrosted, as ice build-up acts as an insulator and makes a freezer work harder. As does, putting warm food in. Be quick when opening the door, as cold air comes out and warm air enters. Keep appropriately stocked.

  • Use Eco settings on boiler and appliances.

  • Swap a bath for a shower and reduce shower time to 4 minutes. Using a water efficient shower head, saves energy and water.

I hope these are helpful and I know which I need to work on.



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