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10 Tips to Becoming an Eco-Warrior in Your Home

Fossil fuels and electricity are currently at an all-time high and as a consequence homeowners are becoming far more environmentally friendly. There are many ways to reduce your energy consumption whilst gaining maximum efficiency with minimum effort. Not only is it healthy for the environment, it is also healthy for your wallet and bank balance.

One of the most pressing issues in modern life is the effects of climate change and global warming. This ever growing threat can be helped by taking action.

You can become the eco-warrior of your house by following these simple but über effective tips and values. Don’t be part of the new pollution!

1)  Turn off unused electronic devices

TV’s, games consoles and movie players can guzzle energy when in standby mode. Newer LCD and plasma TV’s can use up to 400 watts when in use and can use approximately 4 watts when in standby. By leaving unnecessary items on when not in use can cost the average UK household £37 per year.

2)  Save water

Water is considered to be one of the most valuable resources in the world and also the most costly to treat and transport both in energy and finance. Turning taps off when you brush your teeth can save your between 7 and 12 litres of water per minute. A hot shower uses less water and uses 20% the energy of a hot bath.

3)  Always use energy efficient appliances

All modern day homeware appliances show an energy rating score which indicates exactly how much energy you are using and how efficiently they use up power. One third of the average household energy bill and up to a quarter of a household’s carbon dioxide emission comes from electrical appliances. Old appliances add up to 50% more energy which makes damages to your energy bill.

4)  Insulate your home!

Home insulation doesn’t only keep your home warmer in the winter; it also keeps it cooler in the summer. A third of all lost heat is lost through walls therefore cavity wall and roof insulation is imperative. Reducing the room temperature by 1C can cut gas bills by up to 10%. To reduce heat loss, use reflective foil behind radiators and approximately half of the heat from radiators goes out of the back and becomes wasted.

5)  Use energy saving bulbs

In the UK energy saving light bulbs can save a household £55 per year and use one fifth of the electricity of traditional bulbs. If all households in the UK replaced one light, the money saved could pay family fuel bills for 75,000 families.  Filament light bulbs are currently being phased out throughout Europe and there is still a misconception that they are costly however this is false.

6)  Reduce, Re-use & Recycle!

Waste management is a costly but vital aspect of green living. Household waste separation via recycling bins is an effective method of recycling. The average British family throws away 6 trees worth of paper in their household bin a year. One of the best ways to recycle is to re-use items in the home.

7)  Install renewable energy sources

Roof solar panels have become a highly popular method of generating cheap energy. This type of energy reduces your carbon footprint and although they sometimes look unappealing they are green and reliable.

8)  Fill your washing machine to the top

Always fill your washing machine up to the top. A half load can use more than half the energy of a full load. On top of this, washing machines use a surprising amount of water. Washing clothes at 30C instead of 40C uses 40% less energy whilst tumble dryers can contribute to energy wastage – hang them to dry naturally!

9)   Defrost your freezer

Defrosting freezers keeps the energy consumption down and enables longevity. Therefore, it is the ideal time to act when approximately half an inch of ice is visible.

10)                Use eco-friendly cleaning products

Many cleaning products and air fresheners contain hazardous chemicals that can be highly dangerous to both the environment and your home. The use of cleaning products can often lead illness and reduces the quality of air in the home. Use eco-friendly products that reduce these risks.

 

This post was written by Matthew Langham who holds a BA in Media and enjoys guest posting on energy and waste related topics and is writing on behalf of Inlec, a test equipment hire specialist.

 

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