Globally, the use of energy represents by far the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from
human activities. About two thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions are linked to burning fossil
fuels for energy to be used for heating, electricity, transport and industry. In Europe, the energy
processes are the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, being responsible for 78 % of total EU
The average household spends around £1,254 a year on heating and power, according to Ofgem.
This makes energy one of the biggest annual costs for UK families. So what can we do?
- Wash clothes at a lower temperature 30 degrees instead of 40. Use a line to dry them — tumble
dryers use a lot of energy, try to avoid them if you can. If you can’t, do an extra spin cycle to
get as much moisture out as possible and clean the filters regularly.
- An easy one …. turn off the lights every time you leave the room.
- Does everything really need to be left on standby? Turn them off when not in use.
- Your fridge/freezer needs to stay on but there are ways to reduce energy usage.
a) make sure the temperature is set at the right level (below 5°C for fridge and -18°C for
b) don’t overfill the fridge, leave space for air to circulate and allow leftovers to cool before
stashing them away.
c) check door seals are airtight and replace if they are worn out.
- We Brits love a brew but only boil as much water in the kettle as you need.
Buying a new kettle? Consider an insulated model, it takes less time
to boil and keeps water hot for longer
- Electric hobs cost almost double that of gas but there are ways to cook more efficiently
a) use the right size of pan.
b) heat water in a kettle rather than bringing cold water to the boil, using a lid will bring the
temperature up quicker and once it’s boiling, reduce to a simmer.
c) keep hob rings and ovens clean, because dirt and grease build up can reduce efficiency
And remember – when you replace your household appliances, make sure you choose the most energy
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