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little green blog energy efficient houseThere’s often something in the news around energy efficiency, but what does this mean for us as consumers?

How can we contribute towards a greener planet?

Fortunately, organisations interested in these kinds of issues have developed applications which calculate, in an easy to understand manner, the money you can make by replacing traditional bulbs with energy saving light bulbs, by recycling or just by switching off your appliances.

Light

None of us want poor lighting quality, but you can replace traditional light bulbs with more efficient ones, such as LED lighting, to save money, resources and still have great lighting!

You can calculate your savings by entering websites like Luma Lighting or Life in Light (these guys have a more complex tool, but if you’re an Excel fan, you can also download the calculator in this format on your own computer).

Appliances  

Do you un-plug your appliances when you go to work or take a holiday?

If you want to find out exactly how these appliances put additional costs on your bills, use the online energy calculators available on byebyestandby.com, homeeasy.eu or time.org.uk.

In order to have a quick overview on best ranked energy-saving products from USA, you can browse through www.toptenusa.org.

Big energy consumers like boilers – let’s make a calculation together!

As the boiler is the main contributor to your bills (around 60% of your energy bills per year), it represents an important element in your home. Choose it wisely from help-link.co.uk and you’ll spend less!

There is a wide range of energy efficient boilers on the market, according to the fuel or technology they use.

The most modern and eco-friendly one is biomass, which could be corn ethanol or algae. More traditional boilers use more common fuels like gas, oil, LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) or wood which can be energy efficient.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, the amount of money you can save by replacing your boiler can vary between £105 and £310 per year, while the quantity of carbon dioxide emission can be less with 430 or even 1,200 kg per year.

As householders we represent a group who want to help the environment and save money. Using a bit of ecological awareness can make a better world for us and future generations.

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