I?m sure in quite a few places in this blog I?ve gone on about the environment, being green, recycling, etc and now that I?ve got the new house I?ve got more things to deal with to ensure that I?m being as kind as is possible to the environment. I of course want to save money too and saving energy does this for me too.
I?ve never lived in a house with a water meter and that?s generally meant that it?s open season on wasting water as the rates are always the same, but now I?m on a meter it is effecting the amount of water I?m using as I?ve always got one eye on my bills. The plus point is that I should actually be saving money as I?m a single person living in a 3 bedroom house, and if I was on the rates system they would bill me for more, but with a meter I can send in my meter readings and save myself some cash. If I had a big family then perhaps I would prefer the rates system but for me a meter is best.
Electricity is the next thing that I?m trying to control my usage of, and I?m happy to say that I?ve been putting in my energy saving lightbulbs and have also been checking out the energy ratings of the appliances I?m putting in. The oven I?m buying is an A-rating, and I will have to check on the Washer-Dryer and the Fridge Freezer to see their energy ratings but as they were second-hand I have had less choice in respect to them but the energy rating of their sucessors will be of importance to me.
Double glazing is already installed so that?s saving heat, and the central heating boiler I?m getting installed is A-rating and is 90.1% efficient. All the radiators have thermostats, so I will only be heating areas of the house I want and saving energy. The combi boilers itself is pretty nifty in that there is no need for storage tanks as they heat water directly from the mains so you are not heating water you don?t need.
I know that my energy use will go up once I?m living there with daily showers, TV and PC, washing machine, cooking, etc but I feel that I?ve made a little start into lowering the cost and doing my bit for the environment. I?m in an old house so there are limits to certain things I can do but I?ll do my best and I?m thinking about getting one of these.
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