We should conserve energy produced from nonrenewable resources because there is a limited resource and the process pollutes the water, land and atmosphere. Fossil fuels such as coal and oil will soon run out if we are not careful. Can you imagine living in a world without artificial heat or light?
It costs a lot of time and money to dig resources out of the ground and transform them into the usable form of energy. If we recycle and conserve energy by using up less fuel, heat or light, then this means we are saving time and money as well as natural resources. Conserving energy not only helps the environment but also benefits our health as there will be less harmful gases in the air we breathe.
The Energy Saving Trust is a non profit organisation that provides free impartial advice tailored to suit you. Their advice can help you save money and fight climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from your home.
Energy Saving Trust gives 10 simple measures that you can do right now: 10 ways to save energy, money, and help prevent climate change.
Here are some simple measures you can do right now.
► Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent could save around £60 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.
► Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F.
Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
► Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
► Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
► If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher: one full load uses less energy than two half loads.
► 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!
► Use energy saving lightbulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £45 over the lifetime of the bulb. This saving could be around £70 over its lifetime if you’re replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.
► Do a home energy check. Just answer some simple questions about your home and Energy Saving Trust will give you a free, impartial report telling you how you can save up to £340 a year on your house hold energy bills.
Enact are a local company based at Tolvaddon Energy Park who can provide lots of energy saving products from insulation to solar heating to light bulbs. Visit their website at www.enactenergy.com