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Take action on climate change

Top tips to reduce your carbon footprint

  1. Don't leave appliances on standby - almost a billion pounds of electricity is wasted in the UK every year in this way
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Insulate your loft - a standard 270mm layer could save as much as £180 to £220 a year on fuel bills
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Buy energy saving recommended appliances - a new refrigerator could save nearly half a tonne of CO2 a year
  8. Turn your thermostat down by 1˚C - this could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and save you about £40 per year
  9. Wash your laundry at 30˚C - you'll use 40% less electricity
  10. 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
  11. Always unplug your phone charger after it's done

Community action

Communities can tackle climate change, with action such as:

  • setting up a local food growing scheme
  • holding energy saving awareness days
  • promoting energy efficiency in homes and energy switching schemes
  • establishing renewable energy projects and generating income for the community
  • creating a wildflower meadow
  • setting up lift share clubs or promote local public transport
  • holding regular walks or cycles



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