Top ten tips to reduce your carbon footprint
Don't leave appliances on standby
Almost £1 billion worth of electricity is wasted in the UK every year by appliances left on standby.
Install LED bulbs or energy saving bulbs
With an average life of 20,000 hours, LED light bulbs and energy saving light bulbs can last up to 12 times longer than ordinary bulbs.
Only boil as much water as you need
If we all only put the amount of water we need in the kettle, we would save enough electricity to power two thirds of the street lighting in the UK.
Insulate your loft
Installing a standard 270 millimetres layer of insulation to your loft could save you as much as £180 to £220 a year on your fuel bills.
Install cavity wall insulation
About one third of the heat in the home is lost through the walls, adding between £130 and £160 to your annual heating bills. If every person in the UK installed cavity wall insulation, we would save more than £962 million worth of energy.
Upgrade your boiler
Upgrading your old boiler and having it serviced annually could save you up to a third on your heating bills.
Buy energy saving recommended appliances
Some new appliances are recommended for energy saving and drastically cut the amount of energy used. For example a new energy saving refrigerator could save nearly half a tonne of carbon dioxide per year.
Turn your thermostat down by 1˚C
Turning down the thermostat in your home by just one degree could cut your heating bills by up to eight per cent and save about £40 per year on your heating bills.
Wash your laundry at 30˚C
Turning down the temperate you wash your clothes at will use less energy. Washing at 30˚C will use 40 per cent less electricity than a wash at 40˚C.
Don't use the car for short journeys and keep it well maintained
Try not to use your car if you're only going on a short journey. Not only will it help keep you fit, you will reduce your carbon dioxide emission, air pollution and the amount of fuel you use. Keeping your car well maintained means it is also more efficient, saving you money on fuel.