This was written by Dan Whiteside of http://diynewbie.org/.
Are you looking to reduce your carbon footprint? If so, why not go green and do your bit for the environment? Eco-living is easier than you may think and could do wonders for your bank balance.
Here are five useful tips:
According to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), a family of four could save over half a tonne of carbon monoxide and £420 on energy bills every year – just by saving water. A few simple measures and behaviour changes could make a big difference, so it’s definitely worth cutting back on the amount of water you use.
Arrange a boiler service
Did you know that boilers account for around 60 per cent of what you spend on a year on energy bills? That’s right; they use an enormous amount of electricity, so it’s important to arrange a boiler service with a reputable company every year. A Gas Safe Register approved engineer will make sure everything’s working properly and will prevent you from spending money unnecessarily.
If you can, replace your old boiler with an A-rated, high-efficiency condensing boiler. These recover more heat and send cooler gases up the flue – helping to significantly cut your home’s carbon dioxide emissions. Condensing boilers should also reduce your outgoings by as much as £300 a year, so they’re worth the money.
Use energy-efficient light bulbs
Believe it or not, energy-efficient light bulbs can last up to ten times longer than standard bulbs. They convert energy to light with ease and could save you a lot of money in the long-run – so nip to your nearest home store. Look for compact fluorescent bulbs or 6W LEDs and throw all your old bulbs away. Lighting accounts for around eight per cent of a typical household’s bills, so it’s worth making this change.
Buy the right products
One of the best ways to save energy and money is to buy Energy Saving Trust Recommended products. These products have to meet strict energy performance criteria and will ensure you’re not throwing money down the drain, so look out for the EST label. Everything from loft insulation to fridge freezers can be found online and will help you improve the energy-efficiency rating of your home.
Going green is easier than you may think, so it’s worth giving it a go.
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