We know that at the centre of the climate crisis is an increase in greenhouse gases. The creation, supply and consumption of energy in the UK currently depends largely on power stations which rely on either coal or gas.
As a nation we need to reduce and preferably eliminate that dependence and switch instead to renewable sources of energy. Whether it is wind, solar, tide, or hydro, the natural world offers us an abundance of clean, renewable energy sources.
With the steep increases in energy prices now feeding through into bills, saving energy and sourcing it from renewable supplies makes even more sense.
In the short term, here are some energy saving measures:
|Area||Tips||Average saving per year|
|Washing machine||Wash clothes at 30 with a full load||£12|
|Clothes drying||Outside washing line instead of a drier||£30|
|Kettle||Only boil what you need||£6|
|Thermostat||Turn it down by 1 degree||£80|
|Home appliances||Do not leave on standby||£35|
|Lights||Switch off when you leave the room||£13|
|Showers||Reduce shower time by 3 mins||£21|
|Dishes||Use a washing up bowl||£25|
|Baths||Swap a bath for a 5 min shower||£10|
If you did all these, you could save up to £232 pa.
Figures do not take account of price rises for energy in Spring 2022.
There are various sources of advice for help with energy bills – see here
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