Saving the Planet: Eco Facts Surrounding the Home

Saving energy in our homes is something we should all be concerned about so we can help protect our planet. As well as being beneficial to the earth, making a few small changes can also help us save money on our bills and on appliances.

We’ve rounded up some eco facts surrounding the home to show you some of the main problems and to help you identify things you can do to make a difference to the planet and your bank balance.

  • UK households spend approximately £2.2 billion worth of electricity every year on refrigerating food and drink. Save money by switching to a more eco-friendly fridge or freezer, and even make some money in the process by trading in your old appliance with the a new one!
  • According to a recent survey, the most expensive appliance in your home to run is the oven. It’s then closely followed by the fridge freezer.
  • In the UK we use an estimated £2 billion worth of electricity using washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers. Help keep costs and energy down by only washing a full load of clothing or items in your dishwasher rather than doing lots of little loads.

Saving energy in our homes

  • If you are doing just 2 loads of washing per week, you will use an estimated 5,000 gallons of water per year. Switching that appliance to a water-saving alternative would save over 2,000 gallons of water per year, and would save you 2-5% on your water bill.
  • If everyone installed just one energy-saving light bulb in their homes, the carbon dioxide emissions saved would be enough to fill the Albert Hall nearly 2,000 times. You can read more amazing facts like this on this infographic.
  • Laptop computers use an estimated 90% less energy than standard desktop computers. Therefore making a switch is a great idea if you’d like to save money in the long run. They’re often much cheaper to buy, too.
  • For every degree Celsius you turn down your thermostat at night, you can save an estimated 2% on your heating bill. As a result, reducing your heating by 3 degrees at night can save you well over £75 per year.
  • The water used to flush your toilet accounts for 30% of your household’s water usage. You can get an ultra-low flush toilet for as little as £47.
  • The top 3 countries that consume the most electric energy per year are China, Japan and the United States. An estimated average of 55.6 billion kwh of electric energy is used each day worldwide.
  • Efficiently insulating your loft could save you an approximated £180 a year in energy bills. Therefore it would take on average 2 years to effectively pay for itself, and good insulation is said to be effective for 40 years.
  • Installing solar panels on your roof could save you an estimated £150 a year. You could also earn back up to £650 a year from the national grid from energy your panels will have produced.