Saving energy is an important part of sustainability. Wasting energy can have a negative impact on the environment, producing unnecessary CO2 emissions, and waste resources for the next generation.
I am sure we all want to save energy, but it can be hard to know where to even start. This is why we have made a list of six easy methods of saving energy that you can do try today:
- Turn off equipment: It may sound obvious, but turning off equipment when it isn’t being used is a good way to prevent unnecessary waste. Think about the amount of time a computer, television or even lights are left on when they are not being used.
- Find out about energy saving settings: A lot of electronic devices have power saving settings. This may involve reducing the screen brightness or putting the device into an automatic standby or even shut it down when not in use. Look into the power saving settings of the devices around you and see what you can do.
- Think of alternative methods: Before you use an appliance, think if there’s something else you can use instead, or if there is a more efficient way to use it. For example, instead of using running water to do the washing up, fill up a bowl – or do one full dishwasher load every day, instead of washing everything by hand or only filling the dishwasher half way.
- Turn off the heating: If it is warm outside, or if you have something warm to wear, consider turning off the heating. Even turning the heating down marginally will help save some energy and a little bit of money too.
- Use more energy efficient equipment: I know what you’re probably thinking, replacing equipment is expensive. While this is true, we are not suggesting you change all the appliances in your home or work over night. Instead, start by making a few simple changes – for example, using LED lights instead of filament bulbs is already going a good distance to achieving energy efficiency.
- Monitor: Having an idea of how much energy you are using helps to put things into perspective. By using smart monitoring devices you can check and manage your energy usage. Knowing how much energy you are using can help you to limit the amount you use, or set goals to reduce your energy usage. Contact your energy supplier or look on their website to see what energy monitoring they offer.
Our University has drawn up an Energy Policy, with the goal of cutting CO2 emissions from the 2006-2007 figure by 35% by the end of the 2020/21 academic year. Every bit of energy we save can help achieve this goal and contribute towards saving energy for the generations to come.
Please visit the Energy Saving Trust’s website for further information.
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