Dont let your
home get away with it
Don't let your home get away with it-media facts AMATO 13/08/03
Every household in the UK creates around six tonnes of carbon
dioxide every year enough to fill six hot air balloons 10 meters
in diameter. In fact, the average home emits more harmful carbon
dioxide gas than the average car every year.
The average household could save around £200 a year by taking energy
efficiency measures. This is equivalent to a saving of around 2
tonnes of CO2.
Nearly £5 billion is wasted on energy in the UK every year. This is
enough to give every man, woman and child £84 a year.
Walls, roof, windows and doors
More than 40% of all the heat lost in an average home is through the
loft space and walls
More heat is lost through walls than any other route approximately
33 per cent in an un-insulated home
Around 20% of the heat in the average home is lost through
ventilation and draughts
A fifth of all the heat lost from a home can be through poorly
insulated window frames and single glazing.
inches) of loft insulation can save up to 25% of your heating costs.
insulation is one of the most cost-effective energy efficiency
measures you can take in the home. It can reduce heat loss through
the wall by up to 60% and save you £70 to £100 each year on your
draught excluders for doors, windows and letterboxes opening onto
the outside to reduce the amount of warm air escaping. Skirting
boards are also worth tackling
cuts heat loss and also reduces noise and condensation problems.
Savings of up to £40 on bills can be expected annually
curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping.
The amount of
heat lost in homes annually through roofs and walls is enough to
heat three million homes for a year
If everyone in
the UK installed cavity wall insulation, we would cut CO2
emissions by 9 million tonnes. Thats enough to fill nearly 51
million double-decker buses
household in the UK installed cavity wall insulation, it would save
£670 million a year or enough energy for 1.8 million homes for the
If everyone in
the UK installed loft insulation up to 250mm thickness, the
equivalent financial saving would pay the energy bills of 635,000
families for a year.
Heating and water
The older your
boiler is, the more inefficient it is likely to be. If it is 15
years or older, you should definitely think about changing it
hot water account for over half the cost of the average fuel bill
and, unless your home is newly built, your heating system is
unlikely to be running as efficiently as it could.
old boiler could save you over a fifth on your fuel bills and up
to 32% if you opt for a condensing boiler
heating controls you will improve the efficiency of any central
heating system, and cut your energy wastage and costs by up to 17%.
Fit the right heating controls as well as a condensing boiler and
you could bump the savings up to 40%
Hot water will
stay hot longer, and you will waste less energy heating it, if you
insulate your hot water cylinder. Fitting a jacket to your hot water
tank can cut wastage by up to three quarters a cash saving of up
to £15 a year
pipes lose heat right the way along, so insulate them wherever you
can. Insulating hot water pipes can save up to £5 a year on your
heating thermostat by 1°C when you are too warm can cut up to 10%
be heated to a scalding temperature. Setting the thermostat at 60° C
or 140° F is usually quite adequate.
If everyone in
the UK with gas central heating installed a condensing boiler, we
would cut CO2
emissions by 17.5 million tonnes, saving £1.3 billion on our energy
bills every year. This is enough energy to meet the needs of over 4
million homes for a year
emissions would be cut by 2 million tonnes (11 million double-decker
buses) if everyone in the UK put a jacket on their hot water tank
If everyone in
the UK installed a condensing boiler the equivalent energy saved
would meet the energy requirements for all the homes in the West
Midlands for over a year.
efficient appliances use less power and are cheaper to run. And
because they need less energy, they're responsible for fewer
greenhouse gas emissions back at the power station - good news for
out energy efficient from the pack, look out for the Energy
Efficiency Recommended logo. The distinctive blue and orange logo
can be found on anything from fridges to tumble dryers, to
dishwashers and light bulbs. It is a sure sign that the appliance
being bought is one of the most efficient in its category.
Washing machines/Tumble dryers/Dishwashers
Nine in 10
homes in the UK have a washing machine; 35 per cent have a tumble
dryer and one in four have a dishwasher
We use £800
million worth of electricity, by using washing machines, tumble
dryers and dishwashers. This produces 5 million tonnes (28.5 million
double-decker buses) of carbon dioxide each year.
washing machine is used for 274 cycles a year; a dishwasher for 250
cycles and a tumble dryer 148 times.
efficient washing machine uses a third of the energy of an old,
inefficient model and cuts water consumption considerably
Using a 40°C
wash cycle rather than 60°C means you use a third less electricity.
Reduce the wash to a 30°C cycle and the amount of electricity saved
(not to mention money) will be even higher. Modern washing powders
and detergents work just as effectively at lower temperatures so
unless you have very dirty washing, bear this in mind
efficient dishwasher will cut energy wastage by nearly half on
non-efficient models. When using your dishwasher or washing machine,
its better to wait for a full load, or use the economy cycle if
your machine has one
By buying an
efficient tumble dryer, you can cut energy wastage by almost a
third. To save further energy, avoid trying to dry really wet
clothes wring or spin-dry them first. Not only will the clothes
dry faster, you will save money.
use £1.2 billion worth of electricity every year on cooling and
freezing food and drinks
and freezing appliances in UK homes use nearly as much electricity
as all offices
energy efficient fridge freezer to replace your inefficient model
could cut carbon dioxide emissions produced indirectly by your home
by up to 228Kg a year
efficient fridge freezer uses nearly a third of the energy to do the
same job as a 10-year-old appliance thats a saving of up to £35 a
If everyone in
the UK upgraded their old cold appliance to an A-rated, energy
efficient product, energy wastage would be cut by over two-thirds.
Thats the equivalent of over 35 million double-decker buses of CO2.
spend £700 million every year on electricity used in consumer
for the reception of digital TV are being given away for free, by
2010 they could be costing UK households £357m every year in
electricity or £14 per household
VCRs in the UK use £113 million, and TVs £50 million, worth of
electricity just waiting to be switched on. In fact, 85% of the
electricity used by your VCR is consumed while it is not actually on
boiled only the water they needed to make a cup of tea instead of
filling the kettle every time, we could save enough electricity in
a year to run more than three quarters of the street lighting in the
In most homes,
lighting accounts for 10 15% of the electricity bill
use £1.2 billion worth of electricity every year on lighting
consumption by domestic lights and appliances has nearly doubled
since 1970 and it is set to increase by 12% to 2010.
lightbulbs use electronics that enable them to produce a highly
efficient and compact light using a fraction of the energy
By buying an
energy efficient lightbulb rather than the other alternatives, you
can cut energy wastage by over three quarters. Thats around £7 a
year on your energy bill, or £65 over the bulbs lifetime
efficient bulbs last up to 12 times longer than their inefficient
If every UK
household installed 3 Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs enough energy
would be saved in a year to supply all street lighting in the UK.
installed one energy saving light bulb the carbon dioxide emissions
saved would fill the Royal Albert Hall nearly 3000 times
An area three
times the size of the Isle of Wight would need to be planted with
Sitca spruce to absorb the carbon resulting from the annual UK use
of domestic electric lights and appliances.
public walks to the moon and back twice every year to change
lightbulbs. CFLs last 10 times as long as standard bulbs: save your
shoe leather install a CFL.
Did you know
that more than 40% of the heat lost from an average house is through
loft spaces and walls?
these areas not only can you reduce your fuel bills, you can also
make your home warmer
loft insulation to a depth of at least 250mm (10"), you could save
up to 25% of your heating costs
If your home
is un-insulated, your walls are responsible for as much as 33% of
all your lost heat
cavity walls provides one of the biggest energy savings in the home,
reducing heat loss through the wall by up to 60%.
gas central heating could save you up to 40% on your heating bills
(based on a 3 bed semi-detached house)
Replacing a 15
year old boiler could save you over 20% on your fuel bills or 32% if
a condensing boiler is installed
heating controls, you will improve the efficiency of your heating
system and can cut heating costs by up to 17%
By fitting a
full controls package you could save £50-£60 per year.
Around 20% of
the heat lost from an average home occurs through the windows, by
fitting double glazed low emissivity with integral draught sealing
this can be reduced by more than half
single glazing in a typical semi-detached house with low e
double-glazing can save over £40 per year.
NOTES: All statistics correct at
18/08/03. All information should be credited to the Energy Saving
Personal energy efficiency advice
is available to anyone through the Energy Saving Trust advice
centres. To be connected to your local advice centre call 0800 512
012 or go to www.saveenergy.co.uk