Turn down your thermostat by 1 or 2 degrees

The Department of Energy and Climate Change have estimated the top six energy saving behaviours in order of the most energy saved (by terawatt per hour (TWh)):

  1. Turn thermostat down by 2 degrees from 20°C to 18°C (33 TWh)
  2. Turn thermostat down by 1 degree from 19°C to 18°C (16 TWh)
  3. Delay start of heating from October to November (11 TWh)
  4. Wear a thick jumper at home in the heating season (6 TWh)
  5. Replace standard shower head with a water efficient shower head and use twice every day (5 TWh)
  6. Use radiator valves to turn off heating in unused rooms (4 TWh)

Why the contribution is important

The Department of Energy and Climate Change state "nearly a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the domestic sector. It will be almost impossible to meet our national target of cutting green house gass emissions by 80% without reducing energy use in homes."

Doing some of the above behaviours, where it's safe to do so, won't only save us money but we will be doing our bit for the environment.

by Yvonne_CEC on April 07, 2020 at 11:14AM

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  • Posted by johannacarrie August 16, 2020 at 12:14

    We used to talk about winter clothes. I wonder why ? Put on an extra layer before turning up the heating. Mine is off now in August but I wish the sun would come out.
  • Posted by Mmunro49 January 22, 2021 at 16:19

    I used to live in a large, old, Victorian house in Edinburgh. It was beautiful, high ceilings, cornices, real fireplaces etc It was freezing! You had to go outside to get warm!

    In winter we had the central heating cranked up and the real fire ablaze and didn’t get properly warm until the fire had been on for a few hours.

    Obviously in a house like this your ideas would be a waste of time as this house leaked heat
    ( it had a gable end, a low cellar and NO way of adding insulation.

    So we swapped it for a house that was the reverse and never looked back.

    Anyway, the point is you can make all the above changes if you live in the house I now live in. And NONE of the above changes if you live in the house I used to live in.
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