Leading the Nation

Leading the Nation

When it comes to the home of the leader of the nation, we all instantly think of Number 10 Downing Street. But the Prime Minister’s historic residence is leading the nation in more than just politics. It’s also just won an award for sustainable buildings.[1]

The 300-year old building with the famous black door recently won the “In-use Special Award” for working buildings by the respected BRE Environmental Assessment Method for making the most year-on-year improvement among 800 UK buildings in the scheme.

The improvements that went in to winning this accolade included new boilers, low-energy lighting, and, amazingly, using the heat from IT equipment to heat water. There is even a water tank buried underneath the garden where rainwater collected from the building is stored for times of drought.

It seems this is certainly one area where the Government is practicing what it preaches following the launch of its flagship “Green Deal” loan scheme. The Green Deal aims to encourage homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, and cut energy bills and carbon emissions.

Inspired by Number 10’s example, here are some energy saving tips on how you too can make your home more energy efficient.

Insulation

Insulation is an easy way to save money on bills. Improving your loft insulation, or having cavity insulation installed as part of the “Green Deal”, will bring a noticeable difference to your heating bills, helping you to stop wasting energy (and money).

Switch it Up

The internet has made it easier than ever to track energy tariffs and if necessary, switch your supplier so that you can take advantage of them. Simply go online, and you’ll be able to see if British Gas electricity prices are the lowest and best option for you from amongst a host of competitors.

Think About Your Energy Use

If we sat down and thought about our energy use, we could all see where we could make savings through simple measures. Turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms, fit energy-efficient bulbs, and turn appliances off instead of leaving them on standby. Just by thinking it through, you’ll be able to make substantial savings each month that will help both the environment and your wallet.

[1] http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/05/no-10-downing-street-sustainable-building

Photo Credit: Downing Street cc

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