This is pretty. And complicated. At first. And then you see that it’s just a very attractive infographic that shows you a cross-section of a house, and give you tips in what to do in each section of your house to make it more Eco-friendly. So let’s break it down section by section they way they do. This infographic is from the UK, so the numbers might be a bit skewed if you’re an American reader, but you get the general idea.
If everybody with attic space insulated it, it would save about 520 months in bills total. So, skipping the statistics in pounds (sorry, but you CAN look at the graphic), just know that if everyone insulated their “lofts” it would save enough money and tons of C02 to fill Wembley Stadium almost 380 times.
Some south-facing solar panels to heat your water would save you up to 60% on your water heating costs. You can also install sun pipes.
Shower. It saves 20% of energy over a bath. If you turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth you can save 7-12 litres (1.8-3.2 gallons) of water per minute. If you have a drip in your hot water faucet, fixing it will save enough hot water to fill a full bath every two weeks.
Inside the House
Instead of leaving your heat on all night, set it to come on an hour before you get up. Also, don’t leave your cell phone charging all night.
Outside the House
Underneath the yard, the constant temperature is, well, constant, and slightly moderate, even in cold temperatures. If you install under-floor heating, it would pay for itself in about 10 years.
Make sure you have enough clothes to fill your washing machine. Using it on half load uses more energy. Energy efficient washing machines are best. Also, only boil as much water as you need.
You don’t hang out in there all day, so cut the heat down a bit. Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room. Use energy saving light bulbs. Turn off computers and televisions, rather than letting them “sleep.”
Insulate. It saves tons of energy.
These are things that everyone should do.
- Checklist for Working with Virginia Home Builders (frommyexperience.com)
- The Energy of Terraforming (bizarrebytes.com)
- How to cut your energy bills in just one week (blogs.confused.com)