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24 September 2014
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It's not just policies and industries that need to be more climate-friendly, each individual has an impact on his or her environment. Choices that we make in our day-to-day lives can affect the climate.

Things you can do today at no cost:

  • Turn off lights when you leave a room
  • Only boil the amount of water you need in your kettle
  • Turn off televisions, videos, stereos and computers when they are not in use - they can use between 10 and 60% of the power they use when on
  • Close curtains at dusk to keep in heat
  • Let your clothes dry naturally rather than using a tumble drier
  • Turning down the thermostat for your heating by 1 degree could cut your heating bill by 10%
  • Use economy programmes on dishwashers or washing machines

Things you can do in the future or with an initial cost:

  • Use energy saving lightbulbs - they use a quarter of the electricity and last much longer
  • Insulate your hot water tank and pipes
  • Fit seals to externals doors, skirting boards and floor boards to reduce heat loss - 15% of heat is lost through draughts and 15% through the floor
  • Make your windows draught proof or fit double glazing - this cuts heat loss in half - up to 10% of heat is lost through uninsulated windows
  • Fit loft insulation - which should be at least 200mm thick to be most effective - 25% of heat is lost through an uninsulated roof
  • Fit wall insulation - up to 33% of heat is lost through uninsulated walls

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