Climate Change - what can you do?
- Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £55 per year.
- If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.
- Stop heat escaping from your home by insulating roofs, walls and doors and installing double glazing.
- Insulate your hot water tank
- Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F.
- Always turn off the lights when you leave a room
- Programme outside lights to switch off at a particular time.
- Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily
- Use energy saving light-bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £40 over the lifetime of the bulb.
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off!
- Collect rain water in a butt for watering your garden
- Leave the car at home! If you're only travelling a short distance why not walk or cycle?
- Buy local produce wherever possible
ACT on CO2 aims to help people save money, save energy and reduce their CO2 emissions. The campaign highlights how individuals can act to make a difference.
ACT on CO2 is a cross-government initiative, currently involving the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Department of Transport (DfT) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
The campaign demonstrates the government's commitment to taking action on climate change, working with businesses and individuals in order to reduce CO2 emissions. The advice on this site is designed to help you reduce your carbon footprint and do your bit to help tackle climate change.
There is a tool which you can use to calculate your carbon footprint - see the useful links to the right of this page.
Other useful information
Use the links to the right of this page to find out more about renewable energy technologies like wind turbines, solar panels and biomass heaters offer an alternative to fossil fuels and can help reduce your homes CO2 emissions.
You can also find out more about grants which may be available to help you save energy.