Making A Difference, Home Energy Saving Tips
Countries and governments around the world have been collaborating on and planning how they can take necessary steps towards a more sustainable planet.
In the UK the government have already taken the lead by implementing energy saving initiatives and focusing on lowering carbon emissions across the country. It is a mammoth task to say the least and without the help of the general population, one that may take forever to achieve.
As an individual, you too can contribute to sustainable development in an impactful way.
Here are a few steps you can take to help solve an ever-increasing global problem.
Reducing energy consumption
Reducing the energy you use may sound simple – and it’s true! Most of the time, they are the most obvious changes that most of us can do from the comfort of our own home.
- Plug appliances into a power strip and turn them off when not in
- Turn off your lights when not in
- Air dry or sun dry clothes instead of using a
- Order fresh produce to reduce the number of items in your refrigerator and reduce food waste while you’re at
- Avoid preheating your oven unless
- Reduce drafts in windows, doors, and roofs to reduce energy
- Adjust the thermostat
Apply for the Green Homes Grant Scheme
The UK government has rolled out vouchers for households that require heating system replacements.
Regular households can receive up to £5,000 subsidy to install more sustainable heating systems while vulnerable or low-income families can get up to £10,000. To find out which grant you’re eligible for, visit our online eligibility checker.
To apply for the Green Homes Grant 2020, submit an accomplished application form along with three cost quotes from an insulation instalment service provider. After the application is approved, you may then proceed to installing or repairing the home.
For more information on quotes and how to become more energy-efficient, call us at Euro Installation today.
Limit the creation of unnecessary waste
Individuals and families alike can contribute to the cause by reducing the waste they create in the home. In recent years, a single household in the UK can produce more than a tonne of waste each year. Combined with other household waste, that’s a total of 31 million tonnes!
Here are a few steps you can take to start reducing the amount of waste your home produces:
- Purchase items that are not wrapped in plastic or non-recyclable Opt for fresh produce instead.
- Compost food
- Pay more attention to recycling, especially with plastic, glass, and
- For homes with babies, consider recyclable or reusable diaper options
Through these four steps, you will be well on your way towards creating less waste in your home.
Stay informed of current issues and innovations
The best way to be sustainable is to learn more about it.
What are the current issues, government actions, and technologies that can help the cause?
By answering these questions, you create leverage for you to do more, simply because you know more. Discover the ways you, as an individual, can do more in the short and long term.
Speak up for the cause
Sometimes people just haven’t heard of ways they can help.
Now that you’re more informed, it is time to lend your voice and advocate for sustainability.
If you see your family or friends wasting energy, just take a moment to point out how they can improve (they may never have considered it as an issue) and ultimately how it can save them money.
A single voice can create the change needed in our environment today.
Change your habits
Overall, to enact lasting change, we must try to break away from bad habits we’ve formed over our lives.
Whether it is taking showers instead of baths or turning the taps of between brushing your teeth, even the smallest lifestyle changes can do wonders for our planet.
Here’s the top five worst energy wasting habits in the UK.
- Leaving a phone plugged in when fully charged.
- Leaving a laptop on standby.
- Re-boiling a kettle after forgetting it has just been boiled.
- Falling asleep with the TV on.
- Leaving the radio on when nobody is listening.
If everybody does their part, the problem can be tackled much quicker.
Remember, we’re all in this together.