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Reduce my impact

Easy ways to reduce your impact on the environment do exist, and they often save a lot of money. Small changes can amount to make a considerable difference over a typical measured period of 12 months. Please don't just think about it, act on Co2 and actually do it. You can measure the difference you make by using online carbon footprint calculators, but also by adding up energy bills carefully. Ways you can reduce the carbon emissions you produce include;

YOUR HOME

  • Heating is the biggest user of energy in your home. When it is cold outside, don't leave doors or windows open any longer than necessary. The biggest variables affecting energy consumption from heating are;
    1. Efficient boilers
    2. Loft insulation
    3. Cavity wall insulation
    4. Double glazing windows and doors
    5. Draft excluders
  • Using a thermostat and turning down the central heating just 1 degree can make a considerable difference
  • The fridge/freezer is usually the largest individual user of electricity in the home. You should locate your fridge and freezer in an appropriate position. It should not be in direct sunlight or next to an oven. Instead place it near an exterior wall so the heat can escape and leave a gap so air can circulate
  • Don't leave you fridge or freezer door open any longer than necessary
  • Defrost your freezer whenever it becomes iced up
  • Check the seal on the fridge and freezer
  • Dont put hot or warm food in the fridge
  • Do put frozen food in the fridge to defrost and help keep fridge cold
  • When possible hang clothes on the washing line and don't use a tumble dryer
  • When using the washing machine between 85-90% of the energy is used to heat up the water. By reducing the water temperature and using a warm wash rather than hot wash can reduce consumption by nearly half
  • Energy saving light bulbs can use 4 times less energy and last 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs
  • Always turn the lights off when you leave a room
  • Appliances such as TV and stereo left on standby use up to 85% of the energy they would use when in full use
  • Switch to a "Green energy provider"
  • Ensure no taps are left dripping, especially hot water taps
  • When cooking always use the right size pan and only put in as much water as needed when boiling
  • Heat water first in the kettle and cover pans with a lid
  • Insulate the hot water tank
  • Have showers rather than baths

YOUR CAR

  • Tyres at the correct pressure reduce resistance, use less fuel, and increase life of tyres
  • Remove unnecessary clutter and weight from the car to reduce your engine workload
  • Driving within the speed limit will reduce Co2 emissions
  • Keep an eye on the traffic in front and drive more smoothly with less accelerating
  • Open the window instead of using the air conditioning system.
  • Change gears earlier and reduce the revs of your car. The recommended gear change for a diesel car is 2000rpm and for a petrol car at 2500rpm.
  • Reduce the amount you use your car. Use public transport such as the bus or train or when possible walk or cycle instead.
  • Run a fuel efficient car such as LPG, hybrid or electric.
  • Organise a carpool to travel to work or for the school run.

USE

  • energy saving light bulbs
  • environmentally friendly soap and detergent
  • environmentally friendly air freshener and roll on de-oderants
  • hand drying paper not electric hand dryers
  • paper from sustainable forests
  • Switch to a green energy supplier
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