A new infographic released from Smart Energy GB shows that a majority of people who have one find them accurate, with 76% trusting the information that they give as opposed to 57% who think the old system does a good job. It also shows that unsurprisingly gadget-friendly younger people are more interested in the device, and that 59% of people who have heard of one would like one. The northwest is more clued up about smart meters, and the main appeal of having one is in being able to count up your energy usage in pounds and pence, the graphic shows.
Energy saving; might be a bit boring if you’re twelve. Which is a shame really, because for many non-tax paying youths, it’s something that fuels their lives (or their phones and games). And, as the bill funding adult, you have every right to be interested in the bills. And not only that, but saving is vital for the future of the world, for as many reasons as you might be able to imagine. As such, here’s a handy guide on how to save energy at home and in the wider world around you, but only for grown-ups.
- Turn the TV off – Whether the kids are watching it or not, television might be thought of as a waste of electricity. Take out the plug ad throw it away, and give your young one’s a book. This also goes for games consoles, and computers too.
- Consider the switch – Anything you need to flip to turn on should be considered as a waste of energy. Electric blankets, heating in the summer, baths and stoves are all potential over users of energy.
- Use recycled goods – What’s the difference between a note-pad of recycled paper and non-recycled? Very little, as it happens. It’s the same with clothes, buy vintage, or at charity shop goods.
- Create recycled goods – Make sure you deposit all recycling in the correct bins, whether mixed paper, glass and so on. This reduces land fill, and ultimately if everyone recycled, our country, or even planet, would be in a far healthier place.
That’s just a few I thought best to let you know about. There are more tips on how to save energy around the internet, and even something that may get the kids interested. Remember, they are the future, and what we’re here to safeguard!
With more homeowners than ever looking to go green it is perhaps time to consider whether your own property is as environmentally friendly as it could be. The following are a few simple questions to get you thinking along the right lines.
What Light Bulbs Do You Use?
An incredibly simple way of cutting down on the amount of energy you consume is to switch over to energy efficient light bulbs. This won’t cost you much and will only take a few minutes of your time. You will then spend less on lighting your home and the bulbs should last a lot longer as well. If you haven’t done this already then it is something you should think about doing as a matter of urgency.
Are Your Appliances Energy Efficient?
If you can’t remember the distant day on which you bought your current fridge or dishwasher then there is a good chance that they aren’t very energy efficient. Huge advances have been made in this area in recent years and you should be able to find a machine which gives you a better, cleaner performance and uses up fewer resources as well. It might be a reasonably big investment but you are unlikely to regret it.
Do You Waste Water?
Any fairly easy way in which to make an improvement is concerning your water usage. Many people have got bad habits which involve using a lot more of wet stuff than they really need to. There are some green products you can buy to help you with this but it is just as important that you use common sense when taking a shower, washing your car or flushing the toilet. If you really want to improve in this respect then you could buy a rainwater storage tank to give you water for the plants and look at the options for environmentally friendly shower head and toilets among other things.
Do Your Windows and Doors Let the Heat Escape?
A popular complaint in many home is that the heating needs to be turned up full when the cold months come around. This means using a lot of energy and it is hard to be green when you do this. In many cases the simple reason for this is that the property’s windows are not double glazing and let too much heat escape. By making the change to double glazed uPVC windows and well fitted doors you can ensure that you are heating up your home effectively instead of wasting energy and money. If you aren’t sure how to make a start on doing this then you only have to check out the website of a nig name company like Anglian Home Improvements to find out more details and work out what suits you best.
Monday 28th January saw the launch of the Green Deal. Its arrival has been long awaited by home owners across the UK who are keen to welcome the scheme and spruce up their properties. With the focus of transforming properties into more energy efficient places, the Green Deal Scheme will be beneficial to both the environment and property owners across Britain. The process of the scheme will involve a property being surveyed by an accredited Green Deal Advisor, who will have been trained up to government standards. The advisor will then inform the property owner about which Green Deal measures can be taken in order to increase its energy efficiency.
Greg Barker claimed that the Green Deal Scheme will be “the biggest home improvement scheme since the Second World War”; here’s hoping it lives up to its expectations! What is definite is that Britain needs to significantly reduce the carbon emissions it is currently pumping out into the atmosphere. This has prompted the government to set a carbon emissions reduction target of 80% by the year 2050. It appears, then, that Green Deal UK is what is needed to boost the country into taking the essential measures to help achieve this.
Various Green Deal home improvements will be available to property owners, including the installation of Green Deal double glazing, boilers and insulation. Of course, each individual property will have completely differing needs, which is why the role of the Green Deal Assessor is essential to the whole process. Green Deal advice will be informative and personalized to each individual building. After this stage the property owner will be free to choose which installers and providers they want to carry out and finance the work.
This brings us to Green Deal Finance. The Green Deal loan has been devised to avoid home owners having to pay any upfront cost for their home improvements. Any improvements will be paid back through the money the property owner saves on energy bills. Their Green Deal advisor will come up with a Green Deal plan, which will help to calculate the money they will be saving on energy bills. A Green Deal charge will then be added onto their bills, but will never exceed the money they are already saving. This has been referred to as the Green Deal ‘golden rule’.
This allows property owners to significantly increase the value and comfort of their home, whilst simultaneously relieving pressure from the environment, without having to pay the usually unaffordable upfront costs.
Only time will tell whether this scheme will be a winner, but hopefully with enough cooperation it will seriously reshape Britain!