These figures come at the same time as the release of the government’s plans to install 53 million smart meters across the country. However, smart meters are not the whole solution. Fossil fuel use, held down by a depressed economy will increase as markets recover and fuel prices will inevitably begin to rise leading households to economise wherever they can. Carbon dioxide emissions from homes are largely the result of central heating and cooking, and rose by 13.4% in 2010. It is obvious, therefore that households need to take immediate action.
Vince Barry, Marketing Manager – Heating, from one of the UK’s leading suppliers of heating and renewable energy Carillion Energy Services (CES) has said that to reduce their environmental impact people need to act now, and also need to reduce their bills. In an effort to help with this the CES has produced a simple guide with energy efficiency tips for families helping them to cut central heating bills and reduce their carbon footprint straight away:
They are perhaps not ground-breaking ideas, but maybe we all need reminding of some simple ways in which we can all reduce our carbon footprint while we save those precious pennies.
1. Turn that thermostat down. Cutting the temperature of the room by just 1°C could cut a central heating bills by up to 10%, and that represents a saving of about £55 per year and one degree less is going to be hardly perceptible in terms of comfort.
2. Time your heating. Set a timer on your heating and hot water so that it comes on only when you need it. Remember to change the settings over the seasons so change your time settings at least four times a year for each season spring, summer, autumn and winter and also adjust it when the clocks change.
3. Check your water temperature. If you have to mix cold water with hot water to get your bath temperature right, your cylinder thermostat may be set to too high. The ideal setting for a thermostat should be 60 degrees C/140 degrees F.
4. Get kitty’s bed off the radiator! Don’t obstruct the heat they give. Placing objects like furniture and drying rails in front of your radiators can absorb the heat and reduce the radiator’s efficiency.
5. Bleed your radiators regularly. Bleeding removes un-needed air that can obstruct the flow of hot water around the system, which makes it less efficient.
For homeowners Carllion have a useful check list towards energy efficiency accessed on: http://heating.carillionenergy.com.