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One tonne of carbon is equivalent to removing 2,400,000 balloons full of carbon dioxide from the Earth’s atmosphere - every single year!
Want to do your bit for the environment? Here’s how you can cut your carbon footprint at home:
- Make sure your boiler is working for you and not the other way round. Fitting modern heating controls is a very quick and cost effective way of managing your bills and could save £75 – Carbon saving of 350kg.
- Turn your thermostat down by 1oC. This simple action can save you £60 a year and it costs nothing to install. – Carbon saving of 275kg.
- Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. You could save around £40 a year on your energy bills. – Carbon saving of 78kg.
- If your shower runs off your boiler, fit a water efficient shower head. By restricting the flow of water through the shower head you could save up to £38 a year by not heating as much water. - Carbon saving of 174kg.
- Stop leaving electrical equipment on standby. To save around £35 a year turn most devices off at the plug socket or unplug them altogether. – Carbon saving of 161kg.
- Stop draughts. By filling gaps around your windows and doors, you could save £25 a year on your heating bill. – Carbon saving of 115kg.
- Use a washing up bowl. By washing dishes in a bowl and not wasting water by rinsing will save water and could save you £25 on your gas bill. – Carbon saving of 115kg.
- Just turn off your lights. By not leaving lights on in the house can save around £15 on electricity bills. – Carbon saving of 29kg.
- Stop singing in the shower! By spending one less minute in the shower can save you £8 a year. – Carbon saving 37kg.
- Do on less wash a week. Load the drum as full as possible without cramming laundry to save around £8 a year on electricity bills. – Carbon saving of 16kg.
- Taking control of your recycling. Recycling helps reduce carbon emissions. Using recycled materials to make new products reduces the need for virgin materials. – Carbon saving of 100kg.
- Waste no, want not with food. When we waste food we waste the energy it’s taken to produce it. Consider freezing, shopping smarter and composting food before wasting. – Carbon saving of 241kg.
- Ease off the gas. Drive less, a bit slower, ease off using the brakes last minute and just go easy on the gears. Driving smart is also safer and cheaper. – Carbon saving of 690kg.
- Go electric car and go green. Swap your car for an electric model and swap your electricity tariff to a green one. – Carbon saving of 4.6T
- The good life. Compost your family’s wasted food and garden waste to reduce emissions and improve your soil. - Carbon saving of 535kg
- Think about your diet and food choices. Sourcing food locally reduces transportation, eating less meat and dairy and more plant based foods reduces land use and processes at the farm stage.
People who are classed as being in fuel poverty are now weighted against energy usage vs income. Previously this was ‘10% of a household’s income on heating/lighting the home’, but in 2021 this changed. ‘In general, fuel poverty relates to households that must spend a high proportion of their household income to keep their home at a reasonable temperature. Fuel poverty is affected by three key factors: a household’s income, their fuel costs, and their energy consumption (which in turn can be affected by the energy efficiency of the dwelling)’
The changes effectively makes fuel poverty far more inclusive and with the recent hikes in gas prices, very much more relevant. As a Council the Home Improvement Service, works in a slightly different way with residents in fuel poverty than it would do when addressing energy efficiency and climate change.
The general national government scheme is called Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and we work very closely with DCC Healthy Homes Team in order to administer this effectively to those most in need across the district.
The interventions on order to prevent fuel poverty will consist of funded insulation measures, new gas central heating system and heating controls. This allows new gas systems because it is still the most cost effective system at the moment when compared to systems like heat pump technologies that are powered by electricity.
Where people are on means tested benefits and/or fall within the ‘fuel poverty’ definition and have a ‘cold related’ illness, then we are very keen to work with them. A lot of these are self- referring, from family members and also come in from Adult Care. Naturally, the majority of the calls start this time of year and run steadily until around late March/April.
The Home Improvement Service also offers ‘light touch’ support for vulnerable people and this will consist of fuel switching advice and assistance in doing this if needed. We also ensure that if such people are not on the Priority Services Register, then this is also arranged. Get extra help with the priority services register.
This means that, should there be a disruption to the gas/electric service, then they will be flagged up as needing additional support by the network whilst the issue is being resolved.
For people that do want to sort out their own best utility deal and get tied into a fix price contract for 12/24 months, the advice is to use uSwitch, as this is an entirely impartial switching site that is hosted by the government and NOT by a potentially sponsored comparison site.
Derbyshire is aiming to become net neutral and we are working alongside DCC in our aims & objectives to meet those goals, visit the Derbyshire County Council website Climate Change section for more information.