WITH energy prices rising, never has there been a more important time to cut back on oil and gas use. So here are some easy tips to use less.
You’ll help avoid supporting Russia, save some money, and help slow climate change.
Check your car tyres are full pumped, and that your car is well serviced. Try to avoid carrying lots of extra weight around in the back of the car – it’s a car, not a cupboard.
Accelerate and brake gently and don’t speed – even driving 5mph less will make a difference and only add a few minutes to your journey time.
Could you work from home or take the bus or train? Or walk or cycle instead – you’ll feel better too. Otherwise, can you share the lift?
Only heat the water you need. I use my mug to measure into the kettle the water I’m going to boil. You’ll be amazed how quickly you get your drink!
The oven uses loads of energy. Don’t heat the oven first and then put your food in – put it in straight away. If you can cook in a slow cooker, or on a hob, you’ll save yourself money and energy.
Try and turn the heating down and as it gets warmer your water temperature down – on or two degrees makes a huge difference, and your hot water will still be hot.
Normally we run our heating at 18C and previously it turned off at 8.20am when people leave the house. Setting the heating to go off to 8am instead, the house will still be warm by 8.20am – it’s not much, but it makes a difference.
Run appliances at night – avoid the early evening. Overnight there’s an excess of available electricity – much of it renewable. But in the early evening when everyone is cooking, electricity generators have to run up extra gas fired power stations. That’s why some tariffs are cheaper overnight.
Lyme Regis also has energy champions whose role is to be a go–to person in the community for free tips on energy, that includes how to:
- Save energy and reduce bills
- Keep warm
- Avoid problems such as damp and condensation
- And get more help with specific energy issues
The Lyme area champions can be contacted by phone to make an appointment 07740 974304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Turn Lyme Green
Turn Lyme Green will host its annual general meeting on Tuesday, June 21 along with a talk on ‘Symondsbury Estate – Living the Dream’, by Philip and Julia Colfox. The meeting will be held at the Dritftwood Café at Lyme Regis Baptist Church, with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start, and the talk following at 7.30pm. All are welcome and refreshments will be available.