Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 16:06
About a month and a half since it's official launch (28'th of January), the Government's GreenDeal program has proved to be quite popular.
As you might remember from one of our previous blog posts, the GreenDeal program aims to cut energy bills and carbon emissions from buildings by making energy efficiency easy and affordable for homes and businesses.
People and businesses that decide to join the program can choose from more...
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 07:18
The HeatingSave building energy management system has been designed to take full advantage of renewable energy sources and it may come as a suprise that even here in the UK we can harness solar power.
Using both Solar PV photovoltaic systems for generating your own “green” mains electricity. & Glass evacuated tube solar heating systems for hot water and your buildings heating.
Heres a little more information about the two systems:
Solar photovoltaic systems for generating your own “green” mains...
Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 14:02
Have you checked your taps (inside and out) for drips or leaks? In one week a dripping hot water tape wastes enough hot water to fill a bath. A bath your not going to get to enjoy but still have to pay for! Add this up over a year and your looking at some big figures.
A fix for a dripping tap could be as simple as making sure its turned off a little tighter. Proof that a little effort can go a long way.
Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 13:49
Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £55 over the lifetime of the bulb.This saving could be around £120 over its lifetime if you're replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.
The argument that Energy savings light bulbs are more expensive is also old hat. A google search for "free energy saving light bulbs" will bring up several...
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:06
- Twelve times as much heat escapes from your house through a single-pane window as through a typical wall.
- Even during a mild winter, you can lose as much energy through one single-pane window as a 75-watt light bulbs uses running seven hours a day, 365 days a year.
- A double-pane window retains twice as much heat as a single-pane window.
- New window coatings (thin films that are sprayed or baked on the windows during the manufacturing process) have been developed that reflect heat back into the house but let the sunlight through easily, cutting energy losses through windows...
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:03
- Between 15 and 30 percent of the energy your water heater uses keeps a tank of water hot constantly.
- Hot water heaters have adjustable thermostats. Lower the temperature by a few degrees.
- The heat that escapes through the tank shell is especially important if it's in an unheated location such as a basement or porch. A water heater blanket can save from five to 10 percent of the energy it consumes. Insulated bottom boards are effective against heat loss in unheated areas.
- Electric water heaters are making their appearance these days in kitchens and bathrooms. The...
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 10:59
|If only 10,000 natural gas customers insulated their attics, 50 million fewer pounds of CO2 would be released in the air each year. If the homes were heated electrically, the savings would be 140 million pounds a year.
- Insulation traps small pockets of air as buffers between warm and cold zones inside and outside the house, as clothes keep you warm by trapping a layer of air between you and your shirt or sweater.
- Insulation can employ a number of different materials -- cellulose (shredded newspapers, a great way...
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 10:52
|Over a refrigerator's 15- to 20-year life, the electricity to cool it costs several times its purchase price. The suggestions here can help improve the efficiency of appliances but the greatest efficiency gains are possible when your appliances must be replaced. Shop smart.
|ENERGY AND APPLIANCES
- The most efficient new appliances typically use 50 percent less energy than the most wasteful models.
- For example, spark ignition instead of a pilot light can cut a stove's gas use by 40 percent to 50 percent.
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 10:43
|Heat loss through a basement floor can account for nearly one-third of your heating bill. Maybe you're wasting energy and harming the environment without realizing it.
- Heat rises, right? Actually, engineers have found that considerable heat sinks through the uninsulated floors of a home, into the basement.
- Cold air often enters basements through cracks in the foundation, which is especially costly if the basement has a heated room.
- Energy travels through many basements in hot water pipes and heating...
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 10:28
|Summertime temperatures in a poorly vented attic can be huge. You can save a substantial amount of money and aid the environment by knowing your attic better.
- In summer, stuffy attics can add considerably to air-conditioning needs. The sun heats attics the hot attic air warms the rooms beneath even if the attic is insulated. Rooms under poorly vented attics are 10° hotter than if the attic was well-vented.
- Whole-house fans also can be installed in the attic or ceiling to pull fresh air through the house --...