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Energy Saving Tips

Welcome to the section of Green Household where we give you lots of suggestions on how to save energy around the home.

There are two major reasons why it's a great idea to save energy around the home. First, it saves you money in the long run, particularly when utility bills are high. Secondly, and the focus of this site, it is better for the environment because there is a strong link between the amount of energy used and required in the home and the levels of carbon emissions.

That's because the energy forms we use are environmentally unfriendly, for instance burning gas gives off carbon dioxide so the more we need to heat our home (the more energy required) the higher our carbon footprint, and hence the strong link between the two.

Stay Warm and Save Money on your Energy Bills

Even if you've had the same energy supplier for a long time, consider switching vendors. Energy companies tend to buy power in bulk, and so they’re interested in getting the highest number of customers.

Another tip is to turn your heating off when the family is away at work and school. It’s important to be warm when the temperature drops in the mornings and evenings, but not to so much when the house is empty at midday. Get to know your heating system, and consider lowering the temperature by as little as one degree as the money will add up over the year.

Be energy aware. Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need. Switch off lights when you exit a room, and replace incandescent bulbs with energy savers. Fix leaking taps - particularly hot taps - and opt for showers rather than baths. Every small adjustment translates to money saved, and if you keep this in mind, it won’t be difficult to save money on your energy bills.