Take care of your doors

Regardless of the time of year, without a decent seal on your external doors, cold air can easily penetrate your home and make an otherwise warm and comforting home feel chilly and unwelcoming over time. Alternatively, if your home is draught-free it will be comfortable at lower temperatures – so you may be able to turn down your thermostat, saving more on your energy bills.

Take care of your floor

Floors are the contact point between us and our house, so additional body heat is lost as our feet conduct heat to a cold floor. To compensate for cold feet, people will often jack the thermostat up from the seemingly ‘uncomfortable’ room temperature of 20-21°C. Cold floors in an otherwise warm house are a result of insufficient insulation; that means a greater rate of heat loss and higher heating costs (https://www.ecohome.net/).

For more simple energy saving tips come back next week and if you’ve got any comments or similar tips, please drop Kasha an email (kasha@sustainableselkirk.org.uk)

Don’t leave appliances on standby

It is good to follow this advice from money.co.uk which suggests that usually ‘it is best to switch a plug off at the wall when your device isn’t in use. After you’re finished with the TV, computer or games console, switch everything off in the usual manner, then finally flick the electric socket’s switch to off to stop using unnecessary energy. Although individual appliances consume a fraction of what they usually do when in standby mode, the more devices you possess, the greater the cumulative effect of their continuing consumption on your energy bills.’

By switching off appliance which we don’t use we reduce our household’s annual CO2 emission by 30 kg.

For more simple energy saving tips come back next week and if you’ve got any comments or similar tips, please email kasha@sustainableselkirk.org.uk.