Do you ever stop and think about the impact you are making on the environment? At Experienced Energy Solutions, we think we all should. In the UK, the average household’s emissions are around 10 tonnes per year. Although this is a small part of a larger problem, we can all help to protect the environment by making changes at home.
Reducing your carbon footprint starts with a change in mindset. Changing your way of life may seem overwhelming, but small changes can make a big difference and are a great place to start. Here are 5 steps to help you reduce your emissions through your energy consumption at home.
1. Switch your lightbulbs
Change your lightbulbs from incandescent to LED. This tip has been around for a while now, especially as LED light bulbs have become cheaper and more widely available. But going back to basics and checking to make sure your lightbulbs are upgraded is a step on the way to reducing your carbon footprint.
2. Insulate and keep warm
Get insulated. If your home isn’t already insulated, you may be missing a trick and letting the heat energy you’re paying for escape outside. Put simply, insulation keeps the warm air in, which means less energy is required to keep your home warm.
If insulation is an investment you are unable to make, simply draught-proofing your home can make a real difference. Keep doors and windows closed in the colder months, use draught excluders, and check your home for draughty spots that need some attention.
3. Replace old boilers
How old is your boiler? If it is over 15 years old, it might be time to think about getting a replacement. Old gas and oil boilers create a lot of waste. Upgrading of course involves an investment, but can make significant savings in your energy spend.
4. Get smarter
Smart meters tell you exactly what energy you are using in near real time. Although having a smart meter in itself won’t immediately reduce your carbon footprint, it will help you to become more aware of the energy you are using, and where you can waste less. The benefits of smart meters extend past your home too; smart meters give suppliers a better understanding of supply and demand, and therefore lead to less waste.
5. Buy clean & green
Use your purchasing power and use a supplier who is committed to providing energy from a renewable energy source. At Experienced Energy Solutions, we can help you to switch your domestic energy to a renewable, clean energy supplier, significantly reducing your carbon footprint.