Throughout 2021 we're encouraging everyone in Merton to join us in the effort to make the borough carbon neutral by taking steps in their day-to-day lives to reduce their carbon footprint. Each month we're focusing on a different theme where we can all play a part in tackling climate change.
The theme for April was: buildings and energy
Spring is often the time we start making home improvements, so it's a good time to think about making your home or business more energy efficient, investing in low carbon technologies or switching to a green energy supplier. These actions will help reduce your energy consumption and reduce your reliance on fossil fuels for electricity and heating.
Independent advice sites such as Energy Saving Trust and Simple Energy Advice show that whatever your budget, there are things you can do which could save money on your bills and help keep you warm next winter.
Pledges for April
I will LED the way by replacing traditional bulbs with energy saving alternatives – LEDs are the most energy-efficient bulbs, using 90% less energy than traditional bulbs, so taking this action will very likely pay for itself by reducing your energy bills.
I will be energy conscious to reduce my energy consumption – Small changes can add up when it comes to being energy conscious. By turning the heating down by 1 degree, or not over-filling the kettle and switching off appliances instead of leaving them on standby, you can save a surprising amount of energy.
I will carry out an energy survey of my property – Using services such as Ecofurb make it possible to plan the most cost effective way of reducing the carbon footprint of your property using measures ranging from insulation, to low carbon heating and solar panels.
I will reduce heat loss from my property by making it more energy efficient – Installing more insulation and or upgrading doors and windows can significantly reduce the amount of energy needed to heat your property.
I will replace my gas heating with a low carbon alternative – In a typical household, most of the energy you buy is used to provide heating, so changing to a low carbon heating system is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. Air Source Heat Pumps are one example of a low carbon alternative to gas boilers; when correctly installed and used, heat pumps maintain buildings at an even temperature at high levels of efficiency.
I will generate local low carbon energy on my property – Putting up solar panels and combining those with battery storage gives you a flexible low carbon energy solution that allows you to decarbonise your home, save money on your bills and/ or sell low carbon energy back to the grid.
I will go green by switching to a green energy tariff – Switching to green energy doesn't necessarily mean that you will pay more. There are a wide range of low cost green electricity tariffs on offer, so make sure you shop around to find the best provider for you.
I will support community energy – When communities come together they can generate excellent low carbon energy projects that are more impactful than what individuals can achieve alone. Local support such as the Crew Community Energy Benefit Society or Merton's Climate Action Group may be able to help you plan your project, help raise funds and undertake the work.