Many of us are seeking ways to minimise our impact on the planet, and a great place to start is at home! Of course, switching to green energy sources is a fantastic way to reduce your environmental footprint, but that may not be a realistic investment for all households.
Making your home more energy efficient doesn't have to involve expensive upgrades or major renovations, there are some steps we can all try and take to save energy and help the planet. We spoke to Guernsey Electricity about energy saving and they have shared their top tips for creating a greener home:
1. Minimise heat loss
There are several ways you can minimise heat loss in your home, including draught-proofing windows and doors and insulating the roof. Roughly a quarter of heat is lost through the roof, so insulation will keep your home warmer (and reduce heating costs).
2. Switch to energy-saving or LED light bulbs
Replacing regular light bulbs with energy-saving or LED bulbs is one of the easiest ways to save energy. LED light bulbs use more than 75 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent lighting and last longer than regular bulbs.
3. Switch to electric heating
Electric heating is becoming more and more popular, and not without good reason. Switching to electric heating can cut carbon emissions by up to 80 per cent. They’re also more efficient than gas or oil alternatives and easy to install.
4. Turn your heating down
Whether you’re using gas or electric heating, something as simple as turning the temperature down on your heating can have a significant impact. Lowering the temperature by just 1°C can help cut hundreds of kilograms of carbons emissions each year. It could also reduce your heating bills by up to 10 per cent.
5. Fix dripping taps
A dripping tap can waste enough hot water to fill half a bath in one week, or up to 5,000 litres a year! Simply turning taps off properly or replacing a faulty washer can help greatly in saving precious resources.
6. Switch off and unplug
Make sure to switch any unused appliances off at the wall and unplug devices when fully charged. Not only will this save energy consumption, but it will also preserve the battery life of devices.
7. Understand your energy consumption
Using devices like energy monitors can help provide a better understanding of how and where energy is used throughout your home, as well as the cost. With the information displayed in real-time, energy monitors can also help identify energy-intensive appliances and encourage you to make more efficient changes.
For more information on how you can save energy in your home, Guernsey Electricity are on hand to answer all your questions. Visit their shop on the Bridge or call them on 01481 200700.