Energy efficiency means using less energy to get the same results.
For example, an energy efficient light bulb requires less electrical energy to produce the same amount of light as a conventional light bulb. Similarly, an efficient boiler requires less fuel to heat a home to a given temperature than an inefficient boiler.
Every task we perform that uses energy, from making a cup of tea to switching on the TV further depletes the natural resource used to create that energy. Being energy efficient will help conserve our energy resources, save us money and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.
The Energy Savings Trust provides a range of quick tips that can help an average property make savings. Suggested tips include:
- Turning down your thermostat by 1°C can save around £90 a year;
- Insulating your hot water tank can save around 10 per cent a year; and
- Turning appliances off at the wall socket when not in use and avoiding standby saves around £30 a year.
You may also be able to benefit from the following energy efficiency schemes:
|Affordable Warmth Scheme||You may be eligible if you are an owner occupier or householder of a private rented property and your gross annual household income is less than £20k.|
|Boiler Replacement Scheme||This scheme is open to owner occupier whose household income is less than £40k and who have an inefficient boiler of at least 15 years old.|
|NI Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP)||NISEP is a fund that is collected annually from the NI electricity tariff and then invested into energy efficiency projects to benefits consumers and reduce bills.|
|60+ Saver Scheme||
Age Sector Platform has teamed up with Phoenix Natural Gas to offer an incentive for people aged 60 or over who may be interested in switching to natural gas central heating
|Oil Buying Clubs||Bryson Energy has established Oil Clubs across NI which has enabled householders to buy oil at a reduced price and make savings.|