I am working with Brit Mums and British Gas on a campaign to help educate about energy conservation. As a budgeting mum this is a case  close to my heart. But also as a green mum I care deeply about the worlld we are preserving for our children. Reducing energy use makes sense on so many levels.

There are so many ways to save energy . I have 5 top resolutions this year about saving energy that I think are simple enough for use to actually achieve,

1. Put on a jumper and a pair of socks before we ever turn up the heating.
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2. Make sure we walk to school whenever the weather is fine and it isn’t guitar, swimming and packed lunch on the same day!!
3. Always take shopping bags with us when we go shoppping  to avoid using plastic carrier bags.
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4.  Bath the kids together wherever possible and encourage showers.
5. Turn off chargers when not in use don’t  leave them plugged in.
Couldn’t be easier really could they? Apparently you need to do something new 21 times before it becomes a new habit so it has to be something achievable. A good way of measuring whether these new habits have made a difference to our energy consumption is to use a smart meter.
 The UK Government, along with others around the world,  has committed to reduce energy usage and has set a target for all UK homes to have a smart meter by 2019. The accuracy that smart meters provide lets us forecast energy use
throughout the day, across the country. This means we can become more efficient in how we generate the nation’s power, producing cleaner, greener electricity. Clever stuff!
“I’m participating in the British Gas Smart Meter campaign. Smart meters work with an in-home display to show how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence. You can see how much you’re spending by leaving your phone
charger plugged in all the time, or the heating on at night. And when you can really see how much you’re using, you can start to make small changes to become more efficient. Smart Meters automatically send British Gas readings so they
represent the end of estimated bills! British Gas is committed to install 1.5 million smart meters by the end of 2012.
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Gas Smart Meter
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Our guest post today is from Brenda at the green familia and here she shares some fab tips on energy efficiency.  Thank you Brenda!

Energy efficiency at it’s purest!

One of the easiest ways of saving money and being kind to the environment is to be energy efficient.  Here are some tips on how to achieve this.

  •  Turn off all electrical appliances at the wall when not in use.  Even leaving them on standby is still using up electricity which you are paying for!
  • Keep your fridge and freezers dust free at the back.  Once a month get into the habit of giving them a dust down, this helps them be more energy efficient.
  • When replacing your washing machines, dishwashers etc, go for one that has a high energy efficient rating. Which? Is a good resource for finding out the best ones.
  •  Turning your heating down by just one degree, can also help you lower your energy bills.
  •  Ensure your house is fully insulated from the loft to your doors and windows!
  •  Switch to low energy light bulbs.
  • When cooking, make larger portions and freeze the left overs for another day. 

 


  •  Use lined curtains on windows that are slightly draughty to prevent too much heat loss.
  •  Invest or make your own door draught excluders, again to prevent heat loss.

These are only just a few tips, but if you can implement a few of these into your daily lives, you will find that eventually your energy bills will be less and you will have a more energy efficient house which will help in your strive to be greener.

Brenda writes over at www.thegreenfamilia.co.uk, which is a light green natural living shopping blog.

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