Save energy, save money and reduce your carbon footprint in 2014. Make a Smart Energy Resolution by picking a few items from our list below and start to make a difference.
What steps are you going to take to reduce your carbon footprint in 2014?. There are so many little things you can do to be more energy efficient that will both save you money and reduce your energy use. You don't have to do them all - just pick two or three as your Smart Energy Resolutions for 2014.
Reduce Hot Water Use
Hot water can account for up to 30% of your electricity bill. Reduce this with showers instead of baths, lowering your hot water cylinder temperature, use of a cylinder insulation wrap, fixing dripping taps, taking shorter showers, cold water laundry washing, run only full laundry & dishwasher loads and choose water efficient appliances.
Reduce Fuel Use
Don't chase around for fuel discount coupons - you can have more effect by reducing your speed, having the correct tyre pressure and eliminating unnecessary weight in the vehicle. Then of course you can opt to cycle or walk to work and local shops more often.
Reduce Electricity Use
Switch off or switch to more energy efficient options. Turn off appliances not in use to avoid standby power consumption, turn off all unnecessary lights, watch TV in the dark, switch your most heavily used lights to LED bulbs, use thermostats on all heat sources, buy only "Energy Star" appliances, defrost in the fridge, do away with your old beer fridge.
Improve Thermal Efficiency
A warm, dry home is essential for good health and there are energy efficient ways to keep your home warm and comfortable. Use natural ventilation (doors & windows) when you can, use curtains effectively to shield your home from heat in summer and capture the suns rays in winter, use thermostats wisely and modestly, improve your ceiling and floor insulation.
Cut down on the waste you create for landfill. Choose items with less packaging, sort and recycle whenever possible, compost organic waste, use reusable shopping bags and napkins and dish cloths instead of paper towels and consider the durability of the products you buy.
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