From the 17th-23rd January it’s Energy Saving Week! During this week the Energy Saving Trust and Citizens Advice Bureau are seeking to create awareness about energy efficiency. This not only helps to protect the planet by reducing emissions but could save you some money too!
The campaign is looking to show people how to make their homes more energy efficient, offering advice across a range of questions such as a solar-panels, heat pumps and just advice for those who are struggling to understand how they are able reduce energy use and save money. It’s not just the general public which the campaign is looking to help, they are also getting businesses and local councils to do their part in reducing energy waste and helping people save money.
So how can you take part in Energy Saving Week? Here’s some ideas:
- Unplug equipment when it’s not in use. Appliances like kettles, microwaves and TVs are often referred to as energy vampires because they are the most energy intensive appliances and even use energy when not in use! Turning off your appliances when not in use could save you to up £70 per year.
- Use public transport or walk instead of driving.
- Change to LED lighting – they consume up to 90% less energy than regular lightbulbs.
- Add insulation to your hollow walls it might be costly at the time, but it will save you money in the long run.
- Make the most of natural air and light during the day – open windows and curtains and make the most of Mother Nature!
- Keep warm air in at night by remembering to close your curtains and blinds, especially if you have radiators nearby.
- Wash at a lower temperature – switching from 40°C to 30°C could save you up to £40 per year, it also means you can get 3 cycles instead of 2 using the same amount of energy
The benefits of Energy Saving Week include helping the environment and gives everybody sense of accountability, and did we mention you could save some money?
So, this week, we encourage you to slow turn and switch off! Are you taking part in energy saving week? Let us know in the comments below how you plan on being more sustainable to save energy and help our planet! For more information about Energy Saving Week, click here!