Living more sustainably has multiple benefits. By conserving energy and becoming more efficient in the way we use our planets resources we are helping to ensure future generations will be able to utilise those same resources in their lives. We are also minimising our impact upon global warming and the potentially catastrophic long term effects of climate change.
It also has the welcome additional benefit of saving us money!
Listed here is some information on how you can live more sustainably and some other organisations where you can obtain further details.
Severn Trent Water is responsible for supplying water to all homes within Ashfield District. They are committed to reducing energy consumption and offer free products, tips and advice to help achieve this.
Some basic tips are listed below but for further information contact Severn Trent Water at:
Phone: 08457 500 500
And the Environment Agency website at:
Some tips for saving water in the home
and in the garden
You can save money and make your home more comfortable by making your home more energy efficient, adding extra insulation, better heating, or buying energy saving appliances. These will all help reduce the amount of fuel you use in your home which will save you money, and help the environment. When we use energy, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere; using less energy means less carbon dioxide is released. Carbon dioxide is one of the main gases contributing to climate change.
Around one quarter of the carbon dioxide emissions in the UK come from energy used in our homes.
Contact your utility company who also offer incentives and tariffs to help reduce costs and consumption. Their number can be found on your gas and electricity bills.
Alternatively, the Energy Saving Trust offer comprehensive advice and information on all energy saving initiatives including insulation, electrical appliances, heating and hot water, renewable energy and information on how to take practical action.
For further information contact the Energy Saving Trust on:
Phone: 0300 123 1234
Top 10 tips for saving energy in the home;
Here are our top ten tips for saving you money and valuable energy.
Tip 1 – Insulation
Why lose up to 35% of the heat from your home through the walls and up to another 25% through the roof when you could install cavity wall and loft insulation? You could save money on your heating bills by installing cavity wall insulation and by topping up the insulation in your loft.
Tip 2 – Heating
Turn down your thermostat by just 1°C and you’ll cut your fuel bills by up to 10%. You’ll notice the saving, but not the drop in temperature.
Tip 3 - Hot Water
Insulating your hot water cylinder with a lagging jacket should pay for itself in months! Nip in the shower rather than filling a bath, and take a close look at your cylinder thermostat – there’s no need for it to be set higher than 60°C/140°F.
Tip 4 - Lighting
Energy saving light bulbs last up to 10 times longer than ordinary light bulbs. Swapping all the inefficient bulbs in your home for energy-saving alternatives you could save around £50 per year.
Tip 5 - Cooking
Keep a lid on it – the saucepan that is! Use just enough water to cover vegetables; not a pan-full. And try using the microwave rather than the oven – that’ll save money too.
Tip 6 – Washing
Washing at 30°C uses about 40% less electricity than at a higher temperature. Try to wash full loads. If you can’t, use a half load or economy programme instead.
Tip 7 – Appliances
Look out for the energy efficiency rating whenever you buy new appliances. “A” rated appliances are the most efficient and cheapest to run. Switching to an Energy Saving Recommended washing machine could cut your energy use by up to a third compared to an old washing machine.
Tip 8 – Don’t standby, switch off
The lazy option costs the UK nearly £1 billion worth of energy each year. Stretch a little and save a lot.
Tip 9 – Curtain up
Shutting the curtains, especially lined ones, will stop heat escaping through your windows.
Tip 10 – Charging off
It's convenient to leave your mobile phone charger plugged into the wall, but if it is switched on, even without the phone attached, it will be using electricity.
The Green Deal is the new government initiative that is designed to help business and home owners to employ more green technologies in their properties.
The idea is simple; install new green technology into your property with no up front costs. You will pay back the costs through your energy bill over a period of time. This is unlike a conventional loan because if you move out of the property the bill stays with the property where the savings are occurring and not with the bill payer.
This is how it works;
Contact the Thermal Comfort team at Ashfield District Council on 01623 457452 to find out more.