We learnt a watt saved in the home is four watts that don't need to be generated. Sounds like alchemy, doesn't it? Well distribution losses via the network makes that much difference.
Moreover most households have some quick wins with very low payback periods. Yay for good news!
I've been wondering about embodied energy (energy used in manufacturing and transport). However I learnt that most energy is used running a product rather than during its manufacture. So it may be worth replacing that inefficient 10 plus year old fridge. And the payback period might be a few years (depending on the efficiency of the new fridge). Or with the promised rises in energy prices, it may be even shorter.
Returning to quick wins, you can use less energy by having a fridge with plenty of thermal mass... if not with edibles then even water bottles will do the trick.
Thanks Colin & Wayne for this pilot workshop last Thursday night... It was very professional. And thanks Walker Close Community Centre for all your support of THB.
Written by Kate Leslie