Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Posted by Hayley Jones at 1:50 pm
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Monday, 19 September 2011
Earlier this year we decided to install a wood burning stove in our living room. After much deliberation we went for the Morso Squirrel 1430 (4.6kw) which is a perfect fit in the space left by our old, rarely used, coal-effect gas fire. It's also actually a multi-fuel stove, so we may experiment with other fuels as well as wood. Apparently it is also the right sort of size to heat our living room and adjoining dining room as well as the conservatory which runs the length of both rooms.
Posted by Hayley Jones at 8:50 pm
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Posted by Hayley Jones at 1:08 pm
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Monday, 5 September 2011
We are now in the 9th month of our Make a Change campaign with two more suggestions of how you could start living a greener, more ethical life. This month we suggest buying organic and buying FSC certified products - visit the Make a Change page to find out more...
Posted by Hayley Jones at 1:03 pm
Friday, 2 September 2011
As the cost of energy rises, people are trying to find ways to save money with their gas and electricity bills, putting a few easy actions in place can help keep money in a person’s pocket. There are a few simple tricks that can help. To begin with shop around to ensure that you find the best electricity and rates.
Look for Leaks:
Take inventory around the house to make sure that cool air and warm are staying indoors and not seeping outside. To check this you can walk around the house with a lit match holding it near electric outlet plugs, windows and doors. If the smoke is pulled out or blown in, there are cracks and crevices that are letting energy out or air inside. Spend time sealing up any areas that have leaks to lower energy costs. Also keep curtains and blinds closed to hold air out of the room. This helps keep rooms cooler when it is warm outdoors and warmer in the colder weather.
Don't not leave electrical devices in standby mode, instead unplug them from the source of electricity to save money. A television or computer that remains plugged in can waste electricity, almost as much as they do when they are being used. Replacing light bulbs from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs also helps to save on lighting costs.
Consider investing in efficient refrigerators, washing machines and tumble dryers. When possible hang clothing out to dry instead of using a tumble dryer. Turning the temperature down on a washing machine will reduce energy costs. Washing in cold water is the most energy efficient way to run the machine.
Don't over fill refrigerators so that the cold air circulates well and don't put hot food inside, let it cool to room temperature first so that it doesn't cause the refrigerator to work harder. Vacuum cleaning under the refrigerator or freezer and behind to keep the coils clear of dust will reduce energy consumption.
Installing a smart meter can help save energy costs. A smart meter will take accurate readings of electricity use every half hour and gas usage daily. Being able to view electricity and gas usage often allows a person to make changes when needed to reduce costs. The readings are sent to the Electricity and Gas Company and this ensures accurate bills coming in every month. Looking into dual fuel instead of single energy tariffs could reduce costs dramatically.
Investigating all the solutions to reduce electricity and gas usage will benefit a person overall.
Putting a few small changes in place can make a big difference when it comes to getting the most out of energy consumption. Saving money is always a positive thing and knowing how to live comfortably without much sacrifice and still having money left over will make life better in the long-term for every consumer.
First Utility is an energy company with a difference. We want to help you understand your energy usage, reduce your carbon footprint and ensure you receive accurate bills.
For more information about how to save energy and reduce your energy gas and electricity bills please visit www.first-utility.com.
Posted by Hayley Jones at 7:43 pm
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Do you eat fish? Are you never sure whether the fish you buy is sustainable or not? Would you like an easy way to find out? Then check out our green product of the month for September. The Sustainable Fish Guide iPhone App will help you out!
Posted by Hayley Jones at 9:04 pm