Save the World by Saving Energy

By: Nick Cox

All of us are probably guilty of wasting energy. We all seem to be experts when it comes to using it, but many of us fail miserably when we're told to save it.

The government and media are constantly threatening us with impending doom unless we rethink the way we live our lives. We are told that we must reduce our "carbon-footprint". But how do we do this? Well, for starters we can reduce the amount of energy we use.

Here are some energy saving tips that not only help save the planet, but more importantly help save you money!

Gas suppliers estimate that the British public wastes about ?5 billion worth of energy every year. We can help reduce this-and be the richer for it-by following a few simple guide lines:

&bullClothe your boiler in a stylish lagging jacket and also insulate your pipes. By keeping your boiler toasty warm you will save yourself quite a sum over the course of a year.
&bullTurn your thermostat down. Now you don't have to freeze to death in the process, but by just turning your thermostat down by just 1?C could potentially cut your heating bills by up to 10%.
&bull Get rid of those old light bulbs! They may be cheap to buy, but they consume a load of energy and cost you more in the long run. By switching to energy saving bulbs you can save up to ?78 over the course of the lifetime of the bulb.
&bullUs Brits love to drink tea! In the UK we boil over 100 billion kettles each year. It takes a lot of energy to boil all of those kettles, so make sure you don't over fill them. If you boil only the water you need then over time this will be reflected in your electricity bill. Cheap electricity is something everyone can achieve; all we need to do is become more conscious about how we make our cups of tea. If we did this we could save money and also potentially stop the polar icecaps from melting, in turn saving the lives of thousands of polar bears.

By following the above tips, you could help save the world!

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