Christmas and energy use

It’s not quite festive season yet, although judging by the shops you’d think it was the middle of December.

The winter is a big time for the UK economy – some retailers existence more or less depends on the extra business they get at this time of year. Energy companies also do a fair bit of business on the cold weather. They can also advise on how to make the most of your energy and ensure that as little as possible goes to waste. Things like making sure you have the right insulation and so on.

It would also be worthwhile thinking about how to have as green a Christmas as possible. Try and work out how much Christmas food you’re actually going to eat – when I was growing up every household always had a turkey the size of a hatchback car, which must have taken a lot of energy to cook, then most of it sat in the fridge for days afterwards, the remainder getting used in sandwiches, soup, curry and so on. By buying a smaller bird, or even a turkey crown, there’s less cooking time, and less waste all round.

Other ways to save energy at Christmas – try and do as much shopping online as you can – this saves driving into town, and it also saves you the stress of fighting your way through the shops and having to listen to the same Chrismas tunes being piped over the pa.a system.

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