Saving Energy at Home

Light Bulb 2The energy that we use to light and heat our homes, run our cars and power the equipment and factories that make the products we use and the food we eat, all comes from fossil fuels. Fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas are natural resources found under the earth. These are non-renewable which means there is a limited supply. This means that one day, we could runout.

The use of fossil fuels also contributes to global warming. Gases released into the atmosphere during the burning of fossil fuels include carbon dioxide and acid gases such as sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxide. The increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the air prevent the heat of the sun from escaping the earth's atmosphere. Thus it gets trapped and creates the problem known as the 'greenhouse effect'.

The greenhouse effect is causing the temperature of our planet to rise slowly over time, thus endangering the fragile eco-systems of our environment.

CoalSaving energy begins at home and has the following benefits:

  • It saves money in power bills
  • It saves natural resources
  • It cuts down on pollution
  • It helps reduce the greenhouse effect


You can save energy at home in the following ways:

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  • Use energy efficient light globes
  • Install sky lights and solar panels
  • Buy a solar or gas hot water system
  • Buy energy efficient appliances
  • Check that your fridge seal is good
  • Choose Green Power through your electricity supplier
  • Use the clothes line instead of the drier
  • Insulate your home
  • Install timers on light switches and appliances
  • Run full loads of clothes and dishes only
  • Choose a fuel efficient vehicle
  • Walk wherever possible
  • Track your power bills to see if you are saving