What Can Individual Households Do?

Individually and collectively within our communities we need to consider what potential our area could have to adopt a renewable energy development and the potential benefits that these might bring to the area

From a domestic point of view, some examples of steps that people can take in order to reduce their energy usage are set out below. The costs associated with these vary ranging from relatively inexpensive to expensive. It is important that we all look at our homes from an energy usage point of view and identify ways in which we can reduce our energy requirements.

Use of energy efficient appliances and lighting    
When replacing light bulbs and appliances choosing energy efficient models can reduce your energy usage

Insulating your home    
Reduce heat loss and the amount of energy it takes to heat your home through increased insulation and draught proofing

Check your thermostat setting    
18 degrees celsius is generally regarded as a comfortable home temperature. Even if you like it warmer, reducing your thermostat by 1 degree will reduce your energy usage

Firewood stoves    
Heat generated from a sustainable source such as firewood does not act to add to carbon emissions

Heat pumps    
There are alternative home heating options available which do not require the burning of fossil fuels. These include Air to Water and Geothermal heat pumps. The cost of installation is a factor to consider when looking at these alternatives but they do have the benefit of minimizing the exposure of home heating costs from fluctuating oil prices.

Install energy efficient windows and doors    
Modern windows are far more efficient at keeping the heat in and the cold out