Energy amd Climate Change
Yorkshire and Humber residents are, on average, each responsible for 3.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions due to their energy use.
The analysis of the regional carbon footprint shows that energy use represents the largest proportion ? 33 per cent – of the total carbon footprint of residents.
Of the 3.7 tonnes of carbon each resident produces in the region from energy use, 46 per cent is for space heating (1.7 tonnes), 17 per cent for hot water (0.6 tonnes) and 9 per cent for lighting and appliances (0.3 tonnes).
What can be done to reduce our energy use?
Home energy use makes a large part of our carbon footprint, yet we can all take measures to reduce our energy use:
– Turn your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save around £40 per year
– Use energy saving light bulbs. They last 12 times longer than conventional bulbs and each can save £100 in electricity bills
– Ensure your hot water thermostat is no higher than 60°C/140°F
– Always turn off the lights on leaving a room and avoid leaving appliances on standby or on charge unnecessarily
– Only boil as much water as you need
– Have an energy check to pinpoint other energy insulation measures
– Simple measures taken in the home, such as switching off lights and using energy efficient light bulbs, will save energy, save money and help in the fight against further climate change.