Green Tips

There are so many things we as individuals can do to help minimize our environmental impact, and it’s up to each and every one of us to start with the little things, because collectively these will add up to really making a difference.

  • Energy-saving light bulbs. As your bulbs wear out, replace them one-by-one with energy-saving alternatives. These are now available in many fittings and sizes and look just as good as the original tungsten or halogen varieties.
  • Appliances. When old appliances fail and repair is no longer viable, make sure you buy replacements with high efficiency ratings. Old fridges and washing machines can be very energy-intensive.
  • Electrical items. Consider investing in a standby-saver or similar. This will automatically power-down your television, DVD, PC and games console when not in use. Leaving items on standby creates a massive energy drain.
  • Reduce heat loss, save money and energy AND stay warmer with cavity wall insulation. Research has shown that a typical household can save up to £160 per year.
  • Make your radiators work harder! Did you know as much as 25% of heat dispersal from a radiator can be lost in the wall behind it? Fit discreet radiator foil to the backs of all your radiators which will reflect any heat loss straight back into your room.
  • Consider fitting individual thermostatic control valves to each radiator. This will allow you to adjust the temperature for optimum comfort depending on the room rather than relying on a ‘one size fits all’ option.
  • If your boiler is over 15 years old, budget permitting, consider upgrading to a new, energy-efficient model. New models are designed to specifically reduce the heat loss from your flue. Did you know that if everyone in the UK who currently has gas central heating system were to install a new condensing boiler, there would be a total energy saving equivalent to being able to heat an additional 3.7 million households for a whole year!
  • If you are lucky enough to have working chimneys in your home, invest in a chimney balloon for when you’re not using your open fire to prevent both warm air escaping up the flue and for cold draughts howling through your room.
  • Insulate your loft. Consider using sustainable materials (recycled plastics, compacted paper, sheep’s wool etc) rather than the fiber glass option.
  • Do not let long curtains overhang radiators as much heat will be prevented from entering the room, simply escaping through the wall or window instead.
  • Double or secondary glaze your windows.
  • In addition to cavity wall insulation, fit door and window seals to minimize draughts.
  • Cover hot water tanks and accessible hot pipes with lagging to prevent heat loss.

The above tips are for general information only and should not be construed as professional advice. All figures quoted were correct at the time of publishing.

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