Archive for the ‘Energy Saving’ Category

If you are shivering at home with a decrepide heating system this could be your lucky day.  The government have launched the boiler scrappage scheme (similar to the car scrappage scheme) meaning that if you buy a new boiler you could save you money, the environment, and give a boost to the jobs market .  The Government said the boiler scrappage scheme would save the same amount of carbon as taking 45,000 cars off the road.

If you own a G rated boiler you could be one of the thousands who could get £400 from the Government to replace their inefficient heating systems.

This would cut the cost of getting a new heating system from an average of £2,500 to £2,100 while household energy bills should fall by as much as £235 a year. (Source: The Mirror)

Energy firms including British Gas and NPower have already pledged to match the payment, meaning you could get up to £800 discount on new boilers.

In a slightly willy wonka way, there are up to 125,000 vouchers up for grabs which will be dished out on a first-come first served basis.

To find out more, work out if your boiler is G rated or register for the scheme click here.


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This might sound like a boring post but actually has the potential to save some significant amounts of money, energy and CO2.

Conventional wisdom is that there are a few obvious options for drying clothes, washing line (weather dependent) tumble dryer (probably one of the least ‘green’ options ever invented), spin dryer (bulky and does half the job) or cramming the clothes onto clothes-linethe radiator (end up feeling like you are in a steam room and hotter than you want to be).  Naturally hanging them outside is the best option but if the weather is bad or you don’t have a garden what other choice do you have?

There is one option – a dehumidifier.  Mumzine energy expert Jim Watt reveals that this option is both energy and money saving.

Using a dehumidifier you hang the clothes in a small space (wardrobe or small room) and turn it on.  The dehumidifier fans the air round, warms the space slightly, creates a dry climate and removes the moisture. The dehumidifier switches off when the clothes are dry.

If like me you have previously used the radiators to dry clothes in the winter there will be a lot of condensation in the house. Either that or you will have to open windows to let it out. If you unnecessarily heat the whole house at the same time then there is no contest over which is more energy efficient and expensive to run.

How much does it cost to dry your clothes?

A 20kW gas boiler would need to run for at least as long as the humidifier, say 9 hours with the boiler on 50% of the time. You would use 90 kWh of heat from the boiler at say 3.3 p/kWh and the cost would be £3 per
wash load.  So compared to the radiator drying using a dehumidifier is at least 60 times cheaper and 10 times cheaper than using a tumble drier.

If that wasn’t enough a dehumidifier takes up much less space, makes less noise and uses considerably less energy consumption than any type of tumble dryer.  On top of that the running costs are less and there is much less wear on clothes.  An extra bonus is that the dehumidifier produces deionised water suitable for steam ironing, steam cleaning, batteries, etc

Jim’s recommendation is the DeLonghi 230604725DES12 Compact Dehumidifier as it is quiet and with a low energy consumption.  Price £149.99 although with some shopping around you can knock £20 off that.

For a more detailed report click here

** An efficient tumble drier would use 4 kWh which at 12 p/kWh for electricity equates to about 50p. A non condensing tumble drier is even less efficient than the condensing variety so it would cost more. A 180W
dehumidifier for 9 hours and on 25% of the time would cost under 5p.

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When you are expecting no one tells you how much time you will spend thinking about light and dark, from black out blinds to night lights trying to strike the balance can be a nightmare.  Since Dixie’s arrival (3 years ago) I have struggled to find a way of lighting her room which is A) reasonably energy efficient and B) does the job.  When she was born and in my room, I wanted something that cast just enough light that I could feed her without waking up my husband or making her think it was the morning.  I also wanted to be able to torment myself and see what time it was (always to early).

When she moved into her own room (probably as a result of me being so attentive to the lighting) she didn’t want to sleep in total darkness so I took to leaving a light on in the hallway causing a lot of grumbles from my husband about the wasted energy.

I have tried many different types from Ikeas ‘pebble’ (too bright), a glow in the dark egg (just a joke, almost no light at all), fairy light (always worried about the fire risk) until just last week, again in Oxfam I discover this the Ecozone Moonlight Night Light.  I paid £9.99 for it but at the moment it is £7.00.light

The night light will run 24 hours a day for 365 days a year for under £0.50.  Woop woop!  It emits a cool blue green electro-luminescent light, perfect for night lighting in bedrooms, hallways and corridors. Halleluiah!

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