Climate change home and community

In the home

There are lots of small changes you can make in your everyday life to be more sustainable, which not only help reduce climate change emissions but often save money through greater energy efficiency.

Each month we will cover a different aspect of everyday life and provide information and advice about what you can do to be more sustainable.

This month we will focus upon home heating, a topic which has been in the news recently and a growing concern as more and more households are falling into fuel poverty as home energy prices increase.

There are many initiatives you can instigate within your homes to reduce the heat loss from your homes and therefore make your heating systems more efficient.

What you can do....

  • Turning the thermostat down by one degree can save you 10% on your energy bills
  • Turn radiators off or down especially in rooms that you don’t use a great deal
  • Turn down the thermostat when you go on holiday
  • 5OC will prevent your pipes from bursting
  • Set a timer for your heating system to come on half an hour before you get home and go off half an hour before you leave or go to bed
  • Put on a jumper instead of the heating
  • Draw curtains over windows at night to conserve the heat in the room, acting as insulation
  • Buy and fit draught excluders - attach these to letterboxes, windows and doors
  • Prevent droughts around skirting boards or through floorboards by filling the gaps with strips of wood, cork or the correct sealant
  • Insulate your loft. This should be at least 270mm thick; you can do this yourself however face protection should be worn
  • Insulate your walls to prevent a great deal of heat loss
  • Solid walls can be insulated either on the inside or outside to prevent this heat loss
  • Purchase your electricity from a green supplier - suppliers which obtain their own electricity via ‘green’ means, without the need to burn fossil fuels.  Green suppliers are increasingly becoming more competitively priced.

Visit the link to our Green Deal and ECO webpage for information of funding some of the above measures.  Although grants are not readily available ECO can fund or partially fund measures for those households on certain benefits or who live in “hard to treat” properties.

A grant finder is also available on the Energy Saving Trust’s website at

www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Take-action/Find-a-grant

Communities

There are many successful community groups focussing on a wide range of sustainability projects.

For advice on funding and starting a community project visit the Energy Savings Trusts website at

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/