With household budgets remaining tight and further increases in energy prices on the way, consumers need to think carefully about their energy use. Over 80% of energy consumption in the home goes on heating and hot water. The following free and simple steps can save money and help the environment:
- Turn room thermostats down by 1-2°C
- Turn hot water thermostats down to 55-60°C
- Run dishwashers and washing machines on Economy
- Insulate lofts with government grants
- Eliminate drafts
- Take shorter showers
- Keep curtains drawn
- Install free smart meters to monitor electricity consumption
For those prepared to invest in renewable technologies, even more dramatic long-term savings can be achieved. Government support ensures that the systems easily pay for themselves over their expected lifetime, potentially saving households thousands of pounds:
- Solar PV installations receive Feed in Tariff (FiT) payments and typically pay for themselves within 15 years. Even with proposed changes to the scheme, it will still be a very worthwhile investment for households to make, literally generating benefits for decades.
- Low energy light bulbs such as LEDs last for up to 25 years and consume 90% less electricity
- Biomass boilers, solar thermal and heat pump installations attract cash incentives of up to £1,250 under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme, but households need to act quickly before the scheme expires on 31st March 2012.
Receiving the right advice is crucial - companies such as Ecoliving offer free no obligation surveys and recommend the most appropriate solution, as well as providing information on funding and grants.
For further information and advice please contact Peter Hardy at Ecoliving, tel: 01785 280721, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ecolivinguk.com