Energy efficiency are two words we hear referenced a lot in the current climate. But what do they actually mean, and what are the benefits to County Durham’s residents, staff and communities?
Being more energy efficient is possible in so many simple ways. Ways that are right there in front of us but are often overlooked. From a residential perspective, there are lots of small changes we can make which will not only improve our carbon footprint but also help us save money on our monthly bills. Things like:
- switching lights off when you leave the room
- installing insulation or draught-proofing, which will reduce heat loss in your home
- turning off running taps when they’re not needed (for example when brushing teeth)
- Switching the television off completely
- boiling only the water you need rather than a full kettle
- drying the washing outside rather than in a tumble drier
- using an energy meter to monitor consumption
Thinking a little more about energy efficiency really can make a big difference. So, what changes could you make that would benefit the environment and potentially save you money?
Lighting is an obvious one. Switching to a more sustainable LED system could lower your carbon emissions and significantly lower your energy bills. Or perhaps you could benefit from the installation of solar panels.
Replacing outdated boiler and heating systems with more energy efficient ones or with renewable energy such as an air source heat pump could also be another way to improve your energy efficiency.
These simple and hassle-free changes will certainly boost your efforts in reducing your homes carbon footprint and save you money in the long term.
Do you know about the Warm Homes campaign? See if you can get some help and advice in reducing your energy usage and bills.