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Energy saving tips…

Ok so this may be a little early but it’s definitely best  to make these changes before the real cold kicks in. The plan is, the more money we can save by being energy efficient the more partying we’ll be able to do when the festive holidays kick in.

So in light of this idea we have created a great little guide for you that will help you save money in all the right places.

The most important thing to remember throughout the cold period is to keep warm!


–          Layer up

Rather than crank up the central heating try putting on an extra layer of clothes. In fat you are actually better with lots of thinner layers as opposed to one big thick layer. Depending on how far you want to take the money saving you could also try keeping blankets out for snuggling into when you’re sitting watching TV.

–          Hot water bottles

These are as old as time and yet they’re still a great investment. The trick is to make sure you use them right. Personally I like to put it in my bed about 15 minutes before I go, and it makes things lovely and warm.

–          Timers for everything

Timers are a great way to save money as they allow you set things to only come on at certain times. So for instance rather than leave the heating on all day just so it’s warm for you coming home, you would set your timer to turn the heating on an hour before you get home and an hour before you get up in the morning.

–          The Thermostat

A well known fact is that you can save as much as 10 percent on your heating bills by turning the thermostat down by as much as 1°C. Overall though you want to keep the thermostat between 18°C and 21°C.

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2009 Energy Saving and Recyling Tips

2009 is only a few days old and if (like us) you are already thinking of ways to reduce the pain of new year bills then there are a few great recycling ideas you can try out. Re-purposing and recycling are simple methods of reducing your carbon footprint, and who knows, trying it out for this month might save you so much that it will become part of your routine.

Here’s a few basic tips that we would implement, any other suggestions would be gratefully welcomed.

  • Recycle your old Christmas Tree!
  • Reuse or repurpose your old packaging – use old margarine tubs and bottles creatively
  • Try to limit buying products with excessive packaging volume
  • A little bit of DIY can save alot – repairing than than chucking out any items is the way to go
  • Reduce wastage by planning meals carefully
  • Reusable plastic shopping bags are becoming the common sense option now
  • Find a cheap electricity or gas tariff, preferably renewables sourced
  • Many UK Local authorities have recycling programmes in place and can recycle many different types of goods – if you don’t have a local collection check where your nearest recycling centre is
  • Dont be ashamed of buying second-hand products
  • Buy products made from recycled materials when possible
  • Get rid of any unwanted clothes, electrical goods, books and much more by selling them or donating to the local charity shops

Happy new year!

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Pre-Budget Green Energy Measures – Are They Enough?

As you are no doubt aware, chancellor Alistair Darling yesterday outlined his pre-Budget Report. Green measures included were: An extra £100m (with a further £50m brought forward) for 60,000 more households to properly insulate their homes. The chancellor also announced that £535m would be rapidly invested on energy efficiency, rail transport and environmental protection.

As we have said before, any move towards green energy and energy efficiency has to be broadly welcomed. However, has Mr Darling gone far enough?. Possibly not, it all appears to be a little piecemeal. In these difficult economic times, were we being too optimistic in hoping that the chancellor would grasp this opportunity to stimualte the economy by investing in a more long term green energy programme?. A large scale and inspirational series of measures, focussing on green energy schemes at all levels and sectors (including transport, housing and business) with the potential to create thousands of jobs would have been music to our ears. Lets hope that the chancellor ratches the existing measures up a notch in the budget itself.

Here is some typically excellent analysis of the report from the BBCs political guru Nick Robinson and business editor Robert Peston – the man more people in the UK trust on the economy than David Cameron or the Prime Minister!

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