Did you know that homes are responsible for around a quarter of total carbon dioxide emissions in the UK?
It is a sad fact that 60 percent of the energy you purchase can be wasted due to poor insulation, air leaks and/or uneconomical equipment.
Old inefficient hot water heaters, boilers and even fridges are major culprits too. Gaps and cracks under doors and windows, and even behind light and plug sockets can let cold air in and hot air out.
We all know that ever increasing utility prices make saving energy and water good for your pockets as well as the environment.
So what can you do?
If you want to know how you can make your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly you won’t go wrong by checking out George Clarke’s (aka Restoration Man) TV series.
In conjunction with Channel 4, George Clarke gives some quick and easy first steps to making your money go further and explaining ways that you can save money and the environment. Clark shares loads of recommendations that can make every house ‘smarter’ and covers tips ranging form energy efficient light bulbs to insulating your loft.
“People aren’t going to change their habits just to save the environment, they need to see the benefits for themselves.”
In this video Clark explains What is a Smarter Home is, and how to create one
So where do you start?
It seems that the most effective strategy for improving household energy efficiency is to first target your home’s envelope—walls, attic, windows, and doors.
Once that is taken care of you should look at improving the energy efficiency of systems, such as heating, cooling, lighting, and appliances.
Finally, consider clean energy generation such as solar panels.
You may also want to check if you are eligible for Grants or other assistance from schemes like the Green Deal to reduce the cost and improve the energy efficiency of your home.
George Clarks Wesbsite
How The Green Deal Works
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