This week (18 to 24 January) is the UK’s Big Energy Saving Week. It is a national campaign that is designed to raise awareness of wasteful energy and encourage people to cut their fuel bills.
ARE WE USING ENERGY EFFICIENTLY?
The short answer is: no. Around 60% of the energy we generate and use in the UK is non-renewable. Non-renewable energy is produced from burning finite resources called fossil fuels, mainly oil, coal and gas. These sources will not be able to generate energy again and the big issue is… the world is quickly running out! Therefore, it is vital that we focus on reducing and conserving our energy.
Conserving energy and saving the planet are not the only positives that come from cutting down your energy usage, you will also save yourself a whole lot of money!
In order for our business to become more energy efficient, at Wilson James we’ve applied the following energy-saving measures:
- using a renewable energy provider to supply the energy to three of our offices, with plans to extend;
- installed movement light sensors in our offices – turn off if no one is in the room;
- 18% of our fleet is electric;
- working with a PPE supplier to cut down on number of deliveries by grouping smaller orders together and setting a minimum order value.
SO, AS AN INDIVIDUAL, HOW CAN YOU CUT DOWN YOUR ENERGY USAGE?
- Turn down your thermostat – turning your thermostat down in your home or at the office by just 1°C saves 8% in heating costs, this could be up to £100 a year!
- Only boil the water you need – if everyone did this every time they used the kettle, we could save enough electricity in a year to power the UK’s street lights for nearly 7 months.
- Don’t leave your electronics on standby – in the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power electronics is consumed while the products are turned off (on standby). Each TV or computer left on standby is estimated to cost you 2p per hour. Make sure to turn them off at the wall switch.
- Turn down your washing machine temperature – washing clothes at 40°C uses a third less energy than a 60°C cycle.
- Lights – make sure to turn off the lights when leaving a room and using dimmer switches can significantly reduce energy usage.
- Switch to a renewable energy supplier – there are plenty of energy companies in the UK that supply completely renewable energy. Haven Power, Octopus Energy and Bulb to name a few.
Discover even more ways to save money on your bills this winter by saving energy where you can: https://bigenergysavingwinter.org.uk/save/