Heating controls

According to Energy Saving Trust potential savings of using heating controls efficiently are:

  • ‘£55 and 300kg of carbon dioxide a year by turning the room thermostat down by one degree
  • £70 and 300kg of carbon dioxide a year by installing and correctly using a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves.

These are typical savings for a typical three-bedroom semi-detached home, heated by gas. Figures are based on fuel prices as of June 2021.’

The Energy Saving Trust Register

This week we will be looking at the Energy Saving Trust Register. It is an extensive database of energy efficient products, endorsed by Energy Saving Trust to help you find the right product for your needs.

Energy Saving Light Bulbs

There are two main types of energy efficient light bulbs available in the UK. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). Both CFLs and LEDs are a cost-effective option for most general lighting requirements. Replacing a halogen light bulb with an LED of the same brightness will save you up to £2 per year.

LEDs are available to fit most fittings and are particularly good for replacing spotlights and dimmable lights, they are more efficient than CFLs and will save you more money in the long term. By replacing all bulbs in your home with LED alternatives, you could save about £40 a year on your electricity bills (Energy Saving Trust).’ (https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/advice/lighting/).

When considering how bright you need the light to be, you should look for the amount of lumens and not watts as lumens measure the total amount of light emitted by the bulb while watts measure the amount of power consumed by the bulb. It is possible to check how bright (lumens) any given bulb’s wattage is by consulting charts. Here is one that can be used to do that.

Getting rid of mould

There are different ways how you can get rid of condensation, excessive moisture and damp at home. Getting rid of mould is especially important as it can cause many health issues. According to NHS UK, mould can impact our health as they ‘produce allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction), irritants and, sometimes, toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mould spores may cause an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. Moulds can also cause asthma attacks.’