Don't call me stupid

These days advice on energy is everywhere. However it is unfortunate that it's exactly the same advice wherever you turn. My energy company just emailed to remind me:

1, "Turn the heating down" - Thanks but given the number of times I've heard this my thermostat is now in negative numbers...

2, "Switch off equipment, don't let it standby, leaving equipment on standby costs the UK almost £1 billion a year" - Given that there are 25million homes in the uk then we can assume that's costing me £40 a year or 77 pence a week to have my items on standby or 10 pence per day to have devices at my beck and call. Which isn't really much of a saving. Especially when you factor in that most standby stuff is actually in businesses not at home...

3, "Insulation" - Durrrr. Insulation is cheap, EVERYBODY has already done it. I have never seen a house without loft insulation and only those homes that cannot have cavity wall don't have it these days.

4, "Use energy saving light bulbs" - Since incandescent bulbs were phased out last year, this is really stupid. Like telling someone "Hay, only buy the light bulbs that you are allowed to buy"

5, "Wash at 30 degrees Celsius" - This is really stupid advice, if you do this with anything other than lightly dirty clothes, they come out all smelling bad and with marks on. Forcing you to wash again.

Energy saving is only a part of the solution, the real thing that needs to happen is investment in new cheap, carbon free energy source. However that would require more work than the marketing department sending out a useless email...


Bob H said…
I agree about the 30C washing, we recently increased the temperature we washed at for some things because it was more sanitary.

The industry also needs to follow the model of the water industry and do something about transmission losses in the network, this accounts for a substantial amount of energy.

Businesses are the main culprit though, any incentives are loaded with obligations, caveats and even if you can get money you might struggle to get landlord approval. Improving baseline energy consumption for most businesses just isn't high on the agenda.

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