03 May '12, 10am

How to power down your home while you're away - don't leave before reading this: #travel #energy #money

How to power down your home while you're away - don't leave before reading this: #travel #energy #money

In a world where energy prices are steadily increasing and annual household energy bills top £1,300, finding ways to reduce energy consumption makes sense both from an environmental and financial viewpoint. But despite the outlay, far too few of us think to switch things off when we go away. The Energy Saving Trust (EST) estimates that the average UK household spends £35 a year powering appliances in standby mode, producing around 120kg of carbon dioxide in the process. According to Cornwall Switch , £230 million a year could be saved if everyone turned off gadgets such as TVs, computers and phone chargers, when they’re on their holidays. ‘There is lots you can do around the house to be more energy efficient,’ says Rosalyn Foreman, Energy Doctor at the EST. ‘The smallest behaviour changes such as switching off appliances at the wall when they are not being used can collect...

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