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Did you know the average domestic CO2 per person in Reigate & Banstead for 2018 was 1.62 tonnes but the English average the same year was 1.42 tonnes? (Source UK local authority carbon dioxide emissions 2005-2018)
Reducing energy consumption
There are lots of ways to reduce your energy consumption at home, which will help you save money as well as the environment. Here are 5 top tips:
- Switch off - Most appliances can be turned off at the plug (although you may need to keep your TV boxes plugged in if you’re recording) and doing this rather than opting for standby can save money off your bills. Unplugging your chargers when they’re not in use can help too. Switching off all appliances rather than leaving them on standby could save up to £80 off your annual bill.
- Lights - Switch off again (lights this time) make sure you’re turning the lights off when you leave a room. Also replace any old incandescent or halogen bulbs with LED, which are much more energy efficient.
- Use less water - Filling the kettle up just enough or cutting your shower time by a minute means you use less energy (and of course, less water). Make sure the washing machine (and dishwasher) are fully loaded before hitting the start button.
- Draught-proofing - Some simple DIY draft-proofing around doors, windows and loft-hatches can help reduce heat loss in your home, which will help to reduce those heating bills.
- Home heating - Thermostats can help you get the right times for your heating to turn on and off, while switching radiators off in the rooms that aren’t being used can help you control your heating further.
There are lots of resources online if you want to explore this further, including:
Solar Together - discounted solar panel buying for residents (2021)
We are pleased to be supporting Solar Together. You can benefit from cheaper solar PV for your home by joining in this collective Surrey-wide scheme.
Solar PV not only reduces the amount of carbon emissions from your electricity use, they will also save you money on your electricity bill.
How it works
- Over 800 residents have registered their interest on the Solar Together website.
- There is then an auction for vetted solar PV installers. So they are trusted suppliers. A cheaper price is offered by the installer in return for lots of potential business.
- Residents can then get their lower price for installation (if they choose to go ahead) through this collective scheme.
- This scheme is Surrey wide with Surrey County Council and other Boroughs and Districts supporting. The scheme is run by a company called iChoosr who have run similar schemes in our neighbouring counties, London and in other countries.
- The scheme is also available for business and community groups but for small scale installations only.
- Residents registration – closed
- Installer appointment and then installations on properties 27 August 2021 – January 2022
For more information, email [email protected] or Tel: 0800 048 8170 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm)
If you want a friendly, informal chat before you get in touch with Solar Together, then email [email protected] and we'll explain how it works.
Other support schemes for energy
The Government has set a target for the UK to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and has a number of schemes to support you on this journey:
Boiler Upgrade Scheme (gov.uk) - from April 2022 new grants of £5,000 will be available for more efficient, low carbon heating systems – like heat pumps. These grants mean people choosing to install a heat pump should pay a similar amount as if they were installing a traditional gas boiler.
- Green Jump Surrey (Action Surrey) - now closed for new applications. You can still contact Action Surrey for general advice on 0800 783 2503.
- Feed-in Tariff – receiving payments from electricity suppliers for any electricity you generate from a renewable source.
- Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – payment for producing heat from a renewable source and using it to warm your home
- Energy Company Obligation – an obligation for energy companies to install energy-efficiency measures in homes
- Warm Home Discount – some people may be able to get a reduction in their electricity bill between September and March
OFGEM, the Government department for gas and electricity, has a list of available schemes.
On-site renewable energy generation
If you’re a homeowner, you may be able to invest in generating renewable energy or renewable heat for your home. This could include solar panels, wind turbines, air or ground source heat pumps, solar heating and a whole range of other technologies.
Some of the schemes mentioned above could help finance this. For advice about these schemes, visit the Energy Saving Trust website.
Renewable energy suppliers
If you can't generate your own renewable energy, you could still opt for an energy supplier that provides a green tariff. A green tarriff allows you to choose an energy company that buys its energy from renewable sources.
The national grid’s renewable energy mix will change throughout the year, but the annual average is gradually increasing. While you can’t choose what mix of energy arrives at your home, you can choose an energy company that encourages the UK to make a shift to cleaner energy for all.
For more information on switching supplier, check Energy Saving Trust's advice here.
When you’re ready to switch supplier, you can visit the 'Big Clean Switch’ for help to compare suppliers and look at the savings you might make.