September 2015

3 September 2015

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3 September 2015

How much energy is your home using? Is the energy use going up or down? How much energy does your home consume when you’re out or overnight? Monitoring the energy use can help answer all of these and help you identify areas where you can make savings.

Whole-house energy monitors

These measure the total electricity consumption of your home in real time.  They help you to understand how and when the energy is used helping you to focus on the impact of hungry appliances and background standby use.

Individual socket energy meters

If you want to measure the energy consumption of a specific appliance than you can use a ‘plug-in power meter’. The meter plugs into an electrical socket and you plug the appliance into the meter (as shown in the picture).  For example you can measure the energy consumption of a fridge over the course of 24 hours – something which is impractical with a whole-house energy monitor.

Other ways of measuring energy

Energy use can be measured simply by taking meter readings and adding them into a notebook or spreadsheet, using an online tool like iMeasure. Alternatively, to gain an initial understanding, you can record and review the data from your gas and electricity bills over the last year.

2 September 2015

Zero Waste Week (7 - 13 September) is all about reducing waste and reusing resources. Check out what The Great Waste doing to get everyone involved.

8 September 7:30pm to 9:30pm, be inspired by Britain’s first house made almost entirely of rubbish. Constructed by the University of Brighton, the house is built using thrown-away concrete blocks, timber, ply, vinyl banners, pieces of polystyrene, bicycle inner tubes and even old coffee grinds which were turned into a kitchen worktop. United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RZ

August 2015

20 August 2015

It really helps if you understand your energy bill as this will help you to see where you can save money. Unfortunately, every energy bill is laid out differently, but don’t despair.  The Which?

20 August 2015

Installing and using heating controls can significantly reduce your heating bills by only heating your house and water to the temperatures you need – when you need it.  A room thermostat and seven thermostatic radiator valves cost around £350 and could save you £70 - £150 a year.

20 August 2015

Here's a quick introduction to boilers and how you can make changes to save energy and save money.

For more information please look at the following pages:

  • further information
  • intermediate
  • expert

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20 August 2015

You can often save a significant amount of energy and money by replacing old appliances.

For example a new energy saving washing machine could save a third of the energy compared to your old one and replacing a 15 year old fridge-freezer could cut your electricity bill by 10%.

20 August 2015

You can often save a significant amount of energy and money by replacing old appliances.

For example a new energy saving washing machine could save a third of the energy compared to your old one and replacing a 15 year old fridge-freezer could cut your electricity bill by 10%.

20 August 2015

Why

There are a lot of simple changes you can make to your home which will help you to save energy, save money and stay warm. For example, many of the measures here should cost no more than £150-£200 and pay for themselves in around a year in energy savings.

19 August 2015

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