Six Steps to Greener Energy

As part of our partnership with Climate Coalition and following our support of their Show the Love campaign, we are encouraging people to look into their energy use and find ways to go green.

 

Cloud heart at Cats Bell by Chris Lacey

Here are six simple ways to save energy– for the good of your pocket and the planet.

1. Give energy saving the green light

Switching your light bulbs is an easy way to save energy and lower bills. LED bulbs can now provide the same quality and tone of light as traditional bulbs, and are much more energy efficient. Although they cost more, LEDs will mean long term savings and good news for the environment. 

2. Take action and switch off

The first step to reducing energy bills is cutting down on the amount of energy we use. Did you know that turning the thermostat down by just one degree can save up to 10 per cent on your bill? Other simple changes you can make include switching off lights when you’re not in a room, turning off appliances instead of leaving them on standby, boiling just the right amount of water in the kettle and hanging out washing instead of using the drier.

3. Switch to a renewable electricity supplier

If you’re keen to end your dependence on fossil fuels and make a positive change, then why not switch your energy supply to a green tariff such as Good Energy.

4. Love your home and make it fit for the future

Once you’ve made the little changes, you might want to find out about ways to protect your home for the future. These might include installing things like insulation or secondary glazing. The best course of action largely depends on the age of your house. Take a look at the advice leaflet we’ve put together with the Centre for Sustainable Energy to find out about how older and modern homes behave differently

5. Learn more about renewable energy

Ever wondered how solar panels worked; how turbines turn wind into electricity or how a marine heat pump warms a building? Take a look at our guide to renewable energy here.

6. Grow your own energy using sunshine

Installing renewables at home is a great way to save on energy bills and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Solar PV is one of the most popular options, with nearly half a million UK homes already collecting clean, green energy from the sun.

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Ice heart at Upper Wharfedale by Chris Lacey

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