Sustainable Charlbury

What Can I Do?

Easy things –low cost, no cost, even save costs

Simple Household energy saving tips:

Switch to a green energy supplier. Ecotricity have a range of tariffs which supply electricity from a combination of grid and renewable sources. They guarantee to match the prices you are already paying and the more people who sign up, the higher the percentage of renewable energy they will provide. The only company offering a 100% renewable electricity service is Good Energy. Their main tarriff costs on average £4 per month more than a conventional provider, but there are many ways you can cut your energy use and save money. Visit Ecotricity or Good Energy to switch today!

Heat

  • Turning the thermostat down by 1 degree could save you 10% on heating bills.
  • Draught proofing. Even if you don’t have double glazing, closing curtains and blinds at night will help to block the draughts and keep warmth in. Draught strips are cheap, easy to fit and available from most hardware stores.
  • Don’t dry clothes on radiators as this lowers their efficiency. Getting a clothes horse is a cheap and efficient alternative to the tumble dryer.
  • Putting a reflective panel behind radiators improves their efficiency and insures heat is not lost through external walls. They are cheap to buy or you can make one out of tin-foil.
  • Insulation. There are many grants available to help with the costs of insulation. Upgrading attic insulation from 3 inches to 12 inches could cut your heating costs by 20%.
  • Get a thermal imaging report to highlight areas of your home that could be made more heat-efficient.

Electricity

  • Fit energy-saving lightbulbs. They typically use 80% less energy and last up to 12 times longer. Use the CAWAG library to try them out.
  • Take showers instead of baths. Fitting a water-saving showerhead doesn’t affect the pressure but saves dramatically on water heating costs.
  • Insulate hot water pipes and tanks.
  • Only boil as much water as you need and use lids on pots and pans to reduce cooking times.
  • Using the correct size of pan for the hob reduces wasted heat and energy.
  • Don’t overload the fridge as this reduces efficiency, keep the door closed and defrost regularly.

There are hundreds of other ideas on the CO2 What Can I Do? page of the CAWAG website.

See the Links page for useful links to organisations that can help you reduce your energy bills.