Clive visited Eltham Hill School to tell pupils that by taking ten simple steps to save energy they could save up to £300 on their family’s fuel bills and help cut greenhouse gasses that are causing global warming.
Clive has written to every local school offering to provide them with a letter for every pupil asking them to take the ten steps to use energy more efficiently. Already thousands of letters have been sent out.
“The Stern Report has shown that business as usual is not a valid response to climate change. If we do not take action to slow down and then reverse our carbon emissions then we will face an economic as well as a humanitarian disaster” explained Clive.
The Energy Savings Trust has come up with the list of ten simple steps we can all take in our homes to use less energy. “These steps are not the answer to climate change, but they are part of the solution” said Clive.
The ten points are:
- Turning your thermostat down by 1ºC could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £40 per year.
- Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn’t need to be set higher than 60ºC/140ºF.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
- Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Don’t leave appliances such as TVs on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily.
- If you’re not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, use the half-load or economy programme.
- Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you’re using an electric kettle).
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!
- Replace your light bulbs with energy saving recommended ones: just one can reduce your lighting costs by up to £100 over the lifetime of the bulb – and they last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.
- Do a home energy check. Follow the link below to the Energy Saving Trust’s home energy check. Just answer some simple questions about your home and they will give you a free, impartial report telling you how you can save up to £300 a year on your house hold energy bills.
For more information on the Energy Savings Trust, click here