19-November-2014: The 2014 survey results have been updated with the latest changes and cost saving since the survey.
08-October-2014: Setting up and balancing the central heating system has been updated with new information.
23-September-2014: More tips to save electricity has gained even more useful tips to save electricity.
Electricity Use Down Over 60%
Water Use Down 65%
Oil Use Reduced 32%
20.7 Tons Of CO2 Saved
Tip Of The Day: Save Water - Turn off taps as soon as you have enough water
If you just want to find the easy wins to save money check out Tips To Save Electricity, Tips To Save Heat and Tips To Save Water. To get an idea of everything you could do from the simple to the complex and expensive take a look at Saving Electricity Room By Room, Saving Heat Room By Room and Saving Water Room By Room. Further information can be found on many subjects in the electricity. heating and water sections or by following up the useful links. Information on rechargeable batteries can be found in the rechargeable battery section. A number of our pages, mainly checklists, are available in pdf format and the pdf index lists those available,
Practical Home Energy Saving is all about the practical aspects of home energy saving with the emphasis on saving money and energy at the same time as helping the environment. A lot of the tips in these pages are simple and can be implemented for little or no cost. Often it is the simple things that give the greatest energy savings and in a lot of cases anyone can do them. To achieve the maximum energy savings with minimal effect on your lifestyle the subject of saving money and energy needs to be approached in a logical way, however significant savings can be obtained just from following the simple tips or the room by room tips in each section without spending large sums of money. It is important to get all members of the household involved if you want to maximise the benefits.
Before rushing out and spending large sums on things like solar heating, solar electricity, new super efficient boilers and gas fires or wind turbines think carefully whether it is a justifiable expense. The more you reduce energy use by simple cost effective means the harder the more expensive items are to justify and the pay back time could well exceed the life of the equipment, this is especially true if significant maintenance is involved.
In May 2004 we decided that the household bills for electricity, water and oil were costing more than they should, and I set out to identify the items costing the most and where the greatest potential for savings were. Initially electricity use was the biggest concern so for the first year we concentrated on that. As part of the exercise we decided the maximum payback time on any money I invested should be around three years. One of the goals of this project is that it should have minimal affect on our lifestyle, so far we have achieved this. Around 22% of all greenhouse gases emitted in the UK come from domestic energy use which means domestic energy saving can have a big effect as well as being kind to your pocket. The savings quoted above all relate to our first house where the project began.
In November 2009 we moved to a new house on the Welsh border so the whole project started all over again with new challenges and opportunities for saving money and energy. During the last few years we have been gradually restructuring parts of the site to cope with results from two houses. The difficulty with the new house is that there is no history to compare with so we will have had to be creative when working out the savings. The savings will not be as much as the first house because we are all now in the habit of switching off things we don't need.
This web site is the result of the project and a desire to share the results which to say the least are staggering with big savings in electricity costs despite the massive rises in the cost of electricity over the last few years. In addition we have made big savings in water use and significantly reduced our heating bills. These pages provide tips and ideas for saving money we have picked up as part of this exercise plus some of the details of our own experiences.
Monitoring and measuring energy use is a vital part of saving energy and money, to aid this there is a small collection of record sheets developed as part of this project. In addition there are pages with measurement tips for electricity, oil, water and temperature.
A small collection of home grown free for personal use utilities and calculators associated with computer control and energy saving that were developed as part of this project can be found at jsutils.com.
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