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Shrink your carbon footprint

Top ten tips to reduce your carbon footprint

  • Don't leave appliances on standby - almost a billion pounds of electricity is wasted in the UK every year in this way.
  • Install at least three energy saving recommended bulbs - they last up to 12 times longer and could save up to £9 on your annual electricity bill or £100 over the bulb's lifetime.
  • Only boil as much water as you need. If we all did this, we'd save enough electricity to power two thirds of the street lighting in the UK.
  • Insulate your loft - a standard 270mm layer could save as much as £180 to £220 a year on fuel bills.
  • Install cavity wall insulation - about one third of the heat is lost through the walls adding £130 - £160 to your annual heating bills. If everyone in the UK installed it, together we'd save more than £962m of energy a year.
  • Upgrade your boiler with annual servicing - you could save up to a third on your heating bills and even more if you upgrade to modern controls.
  • Buy energy saving recommended appliances - a new refrigerator could save nearly half a tonne of CO2 a year.
  • Turn your thermostat down by 1˚C - this could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and save you about £40 per year.
  • Wash your laundry at 30˚C - you'll use 40% less electricity.
  • Don't use the car for short journeys and keep it well maintained - you'll reduce carbon dioxide emission, air pollution and the amount of fuel you use.

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