Things that save money or cost very little:
- Turning off lights and appliances not in use
- Draught proofing all doors, windows and skirting boards
- Changing energy supplier to green tariff
- Turning heating thermostat down and turning off heating in infrequently used rooms
- Using “green” cleaning products. Washing at 30 degrees and using “Eco balls”
- Getting an electricity monitor
- Using mechanical not electrical machinery
- Buying A+ rated appliances if buying new ones
- Thick curtains across windows and outside doors and drawing curtains at night
- Buy an eco kettle
- Use the oven less and cook on the hob
- Fit thermostatic radiator valves on radiators and upgrade heating controls
- Bricks/hippos in toilet cisterns
- Local organic veg box (saves shopping)
- Eco toilet descaler (need less loo cleaning) or use citric acid
- Growing your own veg
- Composting (compost heap made from old pallets for garden waste and Green Joanna for all food waste)
- Re-using: paper (for notes, drawing and children’s revision), plastic pots (for freezer, paint, plants, storage), envelopes.
- Recycling everything (bottles, cans, paper, cardboard,clothes, shoes, metal, electrical and more)
- Mending, repairing or getting things second hand. Borrowing equipment not buying it
- Going to the library rather than buying books
- Signing up to stop junk mail.
Thing that cost more money:
These are for the dedicated and require extra funds. Most have a longer term payback but, given that energy prices can only rise, they are an astute investment for the future. Some are only sensible to do when carrying out a refurb of your house as they mean disruption.
- New eco light bulbs
- Insulation – wall, loft and floor
- Double glazing
- Water tanks for garden
- Woodburning stove
- Solar panel to heat water
- Photovoltaic panels to generate electricity
- Ground source heat pump or heat exchange unit to provide heating.