The issue regarding Climate Change has been a hot topic of debate both scientifically and politically. However, the debate is not particularly centred on whether climate is changing, but on the extent to which this will cause problems in the near future and if anything can be done to stop and reverse those changes.
Here in Britain, our Government has set a target of reducing our CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050. And about 1/3 of that can be done already if we improve the energy and heating efficiency of our homes, since households contribute to 25% of the UK’s CO2 emissions.
Examples are such as installing loft, wall and floor insulation with double/triple glazing and draught proofing as an additional measure. (If everyone in the UK installed cavity wall insulation, emissions of CO2 would be reduced by nine million tonnes. That’s enough to fill 51 million double-decker buses), if everyone in the UK installed 270mm loft insulation, we could save nearly £500 million – and 2.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, the equivalent of taking nearly 100,000 cars off the road. [Source: Energy Saving Trust].
Secondly, switching all our lightbulbs to CFL’s or LED’s can significantly reduce our utility bills and our carbon footprint. (If everyone in the UK installed three energy efficient light bulbs this would save enough energy in a year to supply all street lighting).
Next, there is a method that combines both energy and heating efficiency and that’s improving your Central Heating System. Examples such as switching your old gas boiler to an A rated condensing boiler, insulating all your pipes, installing reflector foil behind all your radiators and installing thermostat controls can really lower your heating bills and carbon footprint. (If everyone in the UK with gas central heating installed a condensing boiler, we would cut CO2 emissions by 18.6 million tonnes. This is enough energy to power four million homes for a year), if everyone put an insulation jacket on their hot water tank, we’d cut CO2 emissions by 740,000 tonnes – enough to fill around 148,000 hot air balloons. [Source: Energy Saving Trust].
Another example would be to switch all your old electrical appliances to A rated appliances such as your TV(s), Fridge/Freezer, Computer etc… (If everyone in the UK upgraded their old cold appliances to an Energy Saving Recommended product, energy wastage would be cut by over two thirds and enough carbon dioxide would be saved to fill 24 million double-decker buses. There would also be enough electricity saved to run the UK’s streetlights for 6 years.) If everyone in the UK switched off unused appliances it would save £800 million a year. If everybody in the UK switched off their TV set rather than leaving it on stand-by it would save enough energy to power a town the size of Basingstoke. If everyone in the UK turned off their TV properly every night it would save more than £66 million in electricity each year, which would floodlight 250,000 Premiership football matches!
Lastly, every house needs to reduce its water usage. Everyone can reduce their water usage by using items from FREE Water saving kits provided by nationwide water companies such as Northumbrian.
Typical items are:
-2 tap aerators, which reduces the volume of water used but gives the water flow a nice, bubbly feeling.
– Save a flush/HIPPO Bag is placed in the Toilet cistern and can save at least 3 litres a flush
– A flow regulator or a Water saver shower head reduces the water flow but increases the pressure, so you won’t feel any difference.
So only you can make a difference – you do the actions, you encourage others. Next thing, you’ll know you would have made the world better and more sustainable.
So please YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU!