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On this page you will find energy saving tips and links to various web sites that are full of Energy saving tips and Recycling ideas.
If there are any Energy saving / Recycling web sites that you think we should be highlighting here then please send us a link and we will consider adding them if we think they are suitable.
Here are a few facts that may surprise you. Courtesy of the Recycle-more web site:
If every Briton purchased one item made from recycled wool a year it would save 371 million gallons of water, 480 tonnes of chemical dyes and 4571 million days of an average family's electricity needs (source: UK Gov)
Disposable nappies take 500 years to decompose
The energy saved by recycling 1 aluminium drink can is enough to run a television for three hours
Every tonne of paper recycled saves 17 trees
15 million mobile phones are upgraded in the UK each year, laid from end-to-end they would reach from John O'Groats to Lands End! ( www.sciencemuseum.org.uk )
Each year we throw away about 600 million batteries. Laid end to end these batteries would reach from the UK to Australia and back again (source: recyclemore.co.uk)
The energy saved from recycling 1 glass bottle is enough a power a light bulb for four hours
Here are some more facts and suggestions to help you save energy. Courtesy of the Energy Saving Trust web site:
Don't leave appliances on standby - Did you know that over £900 million worth of energy is wasted by leaving appliances on standby, so do your bit and don't leave your TV or other appliances on standby, and switch off chargers at the wall if they are not being used.
Lighting - In the UK, we spend £2.4 billion lighting our homes, and with lighting accounting for 10 - 15 per cent of our electricity bills there are substantial savings to be made by using energy saving light bulbs:
If every household installed just one energy saving light bulb, the electricity saved in a year could power the Blackpool Illuminations for nearly 900 years and there would be enough carbon dioxide saved to fill the Royal Albert Hall 1,980 times!
Why not consider fitting low wattage L.E.D. light bulbs to replace your existing halogen bulbs. A good quality 5 watt L.E.D. bulb is equivalent to a 50 watt halogen bulb and it has a vastly superior lifespan, normally lasting a minimum of 30,000 hrs. So not only do you get great savings on your energy usage, but also they will not need changing for 10yrs (assuming 8 hrs/day)
Electrical appliances - In the UK we spend a massive £2 billion a year just powering washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers and a further £2.2 billion a year on fridges and freezers. This produces a mammoth amount of carbon dioxide but there are solutions to reducing these emissions in the shape of Energy Saving Recommended products.
If everyone in the UK upgraded their old cold appliances to an Energy Saving Recommended product, energy wastage would be cut by over two thirds and enough carbon dioxide would be saved to fill 24 million double-decker buses. There would also be enough electricity saved to run the UK's streetlights for 6 years.
Do you have any unwanted items, clutter etc. that you would rather give away than take to the local tip ?
Is there something that you need for your home, or a spare part for something that is broken but don’t know where to look ?
Then why not take a look at the Freecyle.org website.
Founded in 2003 by Deron Beal in Tucson, Arizona, America, this free to join, free to advertise service is now worldwide.
The Freecycle concept has since spread to over 85 countries, where there are thousands of local groups representing millions of members -- people helping people and 'changing the world one gift at a time.' As a result, Freecycle groups are currently keeping over 500 tons a day out of landfills! This amounts to five times the height of Mt. Everest in the past year alone, when stacked in garbage trucks!
Helping to put to good use,things that would probably end up in land-fill sites - and all FREE.
Just click on the link above to find out more.
“Energy saving tips”
Here are some tips for saving money on your Heating costs:
Consider changing your existing central heating boiler for a modern condensing boiler. These are much more energy efficient. With an older boiler £45 out of every £100 spent on fuel is wasted. Whereas £11 of every £100 spent on fuel is wasted.
Turn down your room stat by 1 degree and you could save about 10% on your heating bill.
If you haven’t already got thermostatic radiator valves (trv’s) fitted then having these fitted to every radiator (except in the same room as your room stat) will save you money and stop the room overheating.
In rooms that are not used very often turn the trv down to the frost setting (there’s no point in heating rooms when they don’t need to be heated)
Think about replacing existing trv’s for battery operated programmable ones (up to 6 on/off times per day and different settings for weekdays and weekends) Using the itemp from Pegler, savings of up to 30% can be achieved compared to ordinary trv’s (according to the manufacturer after carrying out field trials) Read about the itemp valve here
Fit an insulation jacket to your hot water cylinder (80mm/3 inches thick) and save approx £35.00 p/yr
Fit loft insulation (270mm/10 inches). If you have no loft insulation at present fitting this thickness will save you approx £150 p/yr and if you top up to this level from an existing 50mm/2 inches you will save approx £45 p/yr.
About 30-35% of heat is lost through un-insulated cavity walls. Have cavity wall insulation installed and save approx £115 p/yr.
Finding and fixing any draughts in your home not only makes you feel more comfortable but will save you money.
Do not place furniture too close to radiators as the furniture will absorb the heat and stop the room heating up effectively.
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