Monday 23 October 2017

How you can become energy savvy

WATER

(Washing hands - 6 litres)

You can save water by filling the sink, rather than letting the water run.

(Toilet flush - 9 litres)

By installing a dual flush toilet or a water saving device you can reduce consumption to 6 litres.

LIGHTING

(Bulb - 15 times)

CFL bulbs use 80% less electricity and lasts 15 times longer than an ordinary bulb.

(Paint - 80%)

Paint the surfaces of rooms, including ceilings, with colours of high reflectance to maximise the day lighting opportunities (and also the effectiveness of artificial light). Light colours can reflect up to 80% of incident light while deep / dark colours might reflect less than 10% of this light.

HEATING

(Thermostat - 10%)

Turning down thermostats by 1°C can reduce annual space heating energy consumption by 10% with an equivalent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

(Heating system - 20%)

Proper control and regular maintenance of your heating system can reduce fuel consumption by 10-20%.

WASHING

(Heating water - 90%)

90% of the energy consumption of washing machines goes on heating the water. Why not wash clothes in cold or cool water?

APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICS

(Standby - 60%)

Standby can use as much as 10%-60%of the electricity that would be used by the device if it was switched on. Also don't forget to turn your computer monitor off, as it too wastes electricity if left on.

(Fridge/freezer - 25%)

Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the condenser coils at the back or underneath your fridge or freezer, as thick dust can reduce their efficiency by up to 25%.

(Electric ovens - 20%)

Try not to open the door of the oven as you lose 20% of the heat every time you do!

INSULATION

(Attic insulation - 20%)

Insulate your attic well and save up to 20% on your home heating bill. If your attic insulation is currently less than 200 mm, then you should add further layers.

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