My name is James, I’m an energy saving specialist and one of my central interests is reducing gas consumption through behaviour change.
At Bulb, we’re keen to learn more about household energy usage and I’m currently researching energy saving behaviours of our members. Following the recent thread about lowering bills and CO2, plus the blog post around cutting carbon emissions from heating, please comment with your top energy saving tips to decrease your carbon footprint and lower your bills.
Improving the way we use energy in our homes can have a massive impact and help mitigate the climate crisis, as household energy consumption equates to 14% of the UK’s total carbon emissions. Climate change will lead to more heatwaves and increased flood risks, so it’s important we make the necessary changes sooner rather than later.
Being energy efficient isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for your wallet too. For example, turning your thermostat down a notch can lead to annual savings of £80 and switching to LED lightbulbs can save £35 per year. There’s various ways we can improve the energy efficiency of our homes through technology, appliances and behaviour change.
Approximately 60% of household energy usage is through space heating. This means that wall and roof insulation, boiler improvements and draught-proofing can have a big effect. You can check the energy efficiency rating of your property on the EPC Register. If your EPC rating is lower than a ‘C’ you could even be eligible for the Green Homes Grant or the Energy Compliance Obligation.
Here’s my list of ‘Top Energy Saving Tips’ to reduce your energy consumption - with a focus on heating. However, we really want to know what works best for you and what you have done to make your home more energy efficient
James’ Top Energy Saving Tips:
- Keep all windows and doors shut while heating your home to avoid heat from escaping.
- Don’t keep your heating on overnight, only for a couple of hours in the evening.
- Make sure your windows and doors are well sealed to avoid heat from escaping.
- Turn the heating off when the room is at a comfortable temperature.
- Research local retrofitting grants that can help support insulation costs.
Do you have any other tips that we can add to that list?
We want to work together as a community, so please comment below and share your ideas so that we can all reduce our carbon footprint and lower our energy bills!