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Energy Saving Week 2021

24 November 2021

This week marks Energy Saving Week 2021!

Energy Saving Week 2021

This week marks Energy Saving Week 2021, and the aim is to help raise awareness on some of the small changes you can make round your home, and to your lifestyle, to make you more energy efficient and reduce costs.

The awareness week is being marked across Northern Ireland and organised by the Energy Saving Trust. Householders are encouraged to get involved and pick up some useful energy saving tips throughout the week. These energy saving tips and changes from the Energy Saving Trust can also help make a significant difference to your carbon footprint and help the environment at the same time as making your money go further.

Home energy efficiency

  • Roof Insulation – Most homes have some roof insulation but not all have the recommended 270mm.  Topping up your loft insulation from 120mm to 270mm and installing cavity wall insulation could save you up to £225 and 690kg of carbon dioxide a year.
  • Floor - 5% of heat in an uninsulated home is lost through our floors.  Solid floor insulation could save around £60 and 175kg of carbon dioxide a year.
  • Insulating an uninsulated hot water cylinder with an 80mm jacket could save around £120 and 490kg of carbon dioxide a year.
  • Draught proofing: chimney, doors and windows - A chimney draught excluder can save around £25 and 75kg of carbon dioxide a year.   Draught-proofing windows and doors can save around £35 and 105kg of carbon dioxide a year.

Boiler Upgrade/Conversion and Heating Controls

  • Replacing an old G-rated oil boiler with some controls, with an A-rated oil boiler with a full set of heating controls could save around £145 and 3,300kg of carbon dioxide a year.
  • Room Thermostats - Installing and correctly using a full set of controls on your heating system so you are in full control of how you heat your home could save you around £95 a year and 305kg of carbon dioxide a year.
  • Smart Meter – you could get an at home display to see where you are using your energy in your home. How much you could save will vary depending on your home's energy use and how much you make use of the energy monitor. 

Washing and drying

  • Setting your washing machine to wash at 30 degrees rather than higher temperatures will save around £10 a year on energy bills and around 12kg of carbon dioxide. A wash at 30 degrees uses around 57% less electricity than washing at higher temperatures.
  • Line dry your clothes when possible - you can save on average £40 a year on your electricity bill, and 50kg carbon dioxide in emissions, by line drying clothes instead of using a tumble dryer during the summer.

Water Usage

  • Showers - You could save around £25 off your yearly gas bills by replacing an inefficient shower head with a water efficient one.
  • Spending one minute less in the shower each day could save as much as £15 a year in the average household.
  • Washing up - Using a bowl to wash up rather than leaving the hot tap running saves a lot of water; a typical 10 litre washing up bowl fills up in just 95 seconds.

Other Changes that can add up:

  • Only filling the kettle up with as much water as you need could save around £8 in energy bills a year.
  • Turning your central heating thermostat down by 1 degree could save you £80 and 300kg of carbon dioxide every year.
  • Avoiding standby and turning appliances off when you’re not using them could save £40 and up to 45kg of carbon dioxide ever year.  This saving includes all appliances, consumer electronics, lights and chargers that have been left on standby mode or have been left on and not in use.
  • Turning off your lights when you don't need them could save you around £14 on your annual energy bills and avoid 16kg of carbon dioxide emissions a year.
  • Household Appliances and Electronics – if you need to change a appliance in your home check the energy ratings and buy the most efficient you can as this means they will use less electric, will be more sustainable and cost you less to run.
  • Lighting - By replacing all the remaining standard incandescent and halogen bulbs in your home with energy saving LEDs, the average household could save around £35 a year from your energy bills, and 40kg of carbon dioxide every year.

All the little changes can add up to make a substantial difference to making the hard-earned pennies stretch that little bit further. I know some may seem obvious or you might feel that the financial reward is too small to make a difference; but every little change can add up to more money staying in your pocket where it belongs!

The SSE AGNI Code of Practise on the most efficient use of gas also contains helpful hints and tips in how best to use your gas to save on energy bills and to be more environmentally friendly.  The Energy Consumer Council website also has some excellent information as does NIHE Energy Advice.

 

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SSE Airtricity is a trading name of SSE Airtricity Gas Supply (NI) Limited which is a member of the SSE Group. The Registered Office of SSE Airtricity Gas Supply (NI) Limited is Millennium House, 25 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7AQ. Registered in Northern Ireland No. NI032810.

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