British Gas has done something very unusual for a commercial company. It has started a campaign to encourage its customers to use less of its products, meaning less profits (but better for the environment). It says that for every 3£ Britain spend on heating and lighting at home, 1£ is immediately wasted. The British Gas engineers has calculated that 8 simple changes. they can save 50£ per household per year, and that translate to a billion £ annually, a reduction of 2.1 million tonnes of carbod dioxide and immense benefit to the environment.
The simple steps are as follows:
Turning your thermostat down by 1 degree centigrade could save around £49 a year (based on a three bedroom semi-detached gas heated house).
By turning your TV and all accessories attached to it off of standby, you could save around £46 a year.
Put your washing on at 40 degrees, not 60, and save around £12.
Switch 5 of your 60 watt bulbs to new energy saving bulbs. Based on 3 hours of usage a day, this will save around £33.
Fill for just one cup rather than whole kettle and save around £30.
Take your mobile phone charger out of the plug socket and save around £5.
Only use the dishwasher when it's full, and save up to £15.
If you have radiators against external walls, put silver foil behind them to reflect the heat back into the room and save around £15 (based on a three bedroom semi-detached gas heated.
Do these simple steps today and save energy, cut your bills and help save the environment.