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Five cost-effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home

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60225Since the pandemic struck, most people have been spending the majority of their time in the house. Those working from home have become ever more reliant on electricity for running office essentials, including computers, printers, phones and broadband.

 

60225Others may be furloughed from work (or out of work entirely) and find themselves using domestic home appliances more heavily than usual. Hoovers, cookers, washing machines, kettles and televisions are constantly on and guzzling power.

 

Whichever way you look at it, this adds up and contributes to both our carbon footprint and rising domestic energy bills.

 

60225Our new research project developed the Act4Eco learning platform. The aim of the platform is to help consumers use energy more efficiently and to save money. So here are five quick tips on how this can be achieved.

 

 -Reading the electricity bill: Not enough people understand all of the details on their electricity bill. For example, it is important to know if and when your tariff changes. In a fixed-rate deal the price you pay is locked for a set period. When you reach the end of this period, electricity charges can roll into a standard variable rate, which will be more expensive. Research shows that changing electricity suppliers on an annual basis is a good way to get the best deal.

 

 -Energy intensive appliances: Most people understand that the largest home appliances consume the greatest amount of electricity. The Energy Saving Trust, for example, estimates that electric cookers consume 317kWh and cost £46 per year to run. But many people don’t realise that smaller appliances can guzzle a disproportionate amount of energy – kettles consume 167kWh per year, for instance. That means people are spending 7.5p on electricity for every 10 minutes spent boiling the kettle. Charging cables for the likes of phones and laptops can also continue to siphon electricity even after they have been disconnected from a device. Left idle in a plug socket, a charger can consume between 343kWh and 591kWh per year and cost £50 to £85 annually.

 

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