It might be getting a bit too warm to talk about draught-proofing, but these measures are for the long term... Plus, #MakeDoCREW is all about making the most of your time at home. You'll thank us in the depths of winter!
By blocking gaps around windows and doors, you could save up to £25-£20 a year on your energy bills. You can buy everything you need to cut out draughts online and it’s pretty easy to install.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a hugely popular awareness day that is marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behaviour and create global, national and local policy changes.
In addition to this year being a landmark birthday, in light of the Coronavirus crisis, it will also be the very first fully digital Earth Day – a perfect opportunity to see what we can achieve when we can come together in spirit, if not in person.
To raise awareness, we’ve put together a list of 50 small behaviour changes we can all adopt to help our earth today and every day. It’s our way of being #TogetherInAction even while we are apart.
There’s been a lot of information floating around on energy supply during the coronavirus crisis, so we have put together a short post to help you navigate it all.
One of CREW's main services is our energy cafés, where we offer advice on how to save money on your energy bills and access grants and discount schemes. During the coronavirus crisis, we are unable to hold our physical face-to-face cafés, but we are keen to offer our advice nonetheless! One of the biggest energy issues we have identified is the mighty prepayment meter, which must be physically topped up at a local shop or Post Office.
Generally, one of the most important points to make here is that your energy supply won’t be disrupted during the crisis, and all suppliers and network companies are still working to the same rules and obligations Ofgem have put in place. Secondly, no-one on a standard credit meter, which you pay each month by direct debit or each quarter by cash or cheque, will be cut off during the crisis. That said, if you have a prepayment meter, you may be anxious to hear what help is available if you are unable to leave your house to top up your prepayment card.
If you're looking for a simple #stayhome project but a more long-term investment, now might be a good time to start replacing your light bulbs.
Lighting accounts for 15% of a typical household’s electricity bill, so bulbs have an important role to play. These days, there are lot of different light bulbs available and we've come a long way from the traditional incandescent kind, which produced only 5% light, with the other 95% being lost as heat! Their carbon footprint was so high - producing more than 15,000,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year - they were banned in the UK in 2018.
Without a doubt, the most energy and cost efficient solution available is the LED light bulb. Switching from halogen to LED can save up to £3 per year and around 5kg of CO2 emissions PER BULB!
This #MakeDoCREW craft is one you can get the kids involved with! It's also a creative way to upcycle some old clothes and prevent them from going to landfill. You can be as bold as you like, match with your room decor, or personalise for children's bedrooms.
One of the best and cheapest ways to keep out cold air is to use a draught excluder.
These handy cushions stop draughts from getting under the front door and into your home. You can also use them on internal doors to make rooms even cosier. What’s more, they’ll help you cut your energy bills.
DIY draught proofing around windows and doors could save you on average between £25 and £35 per year.
As we stay home to support our communities and the NHS, some of us may find ourselves with a lot more time on our hands. If you're in search of a productive new hobby, why not take that extra time and put it into a project that will benefit your pocket and the planet? Especially as we're spending a lot more time in the home, using more energy!
Draught proofing and minimising heat loss in the home is an essential to help keep heat inside and save money on your energy bills. Heat can escape through different areas of the house through:
Minimising these escape routes for heat can help warm your home quicker and keep it warm for longer.
This week, we're showing you how to fit radiator reflector panels.
Fun playing a range of sustainability-themed games!
In November 2019, CREW Energy volunteers and Devas Club staff engaged the youth club’s younger members (8-12 years old) through a range of EcoAction Games on themes of sustainability and energy saving. This was a trial use of the games as an effective means of educating young people around key environmental themes and energy-saving projects, funded by the London Community Energy Fund awarded to CREW Energy and Devas in late 2018 by the Greater London Authority.
Since, we have honed our EcoAction games skills at the Wandsworth Youth Climate Action Commission and will be continuing along this thread at SPINE Festival 2020.
20-26 January 2020 is Big Energy Saving Week, a national campaign run by Citizens Advice, Citizens Advice Scotland, Energy Saving Trust and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to raise awareness around our energy usage and habits.
To mark the occasion, CREW would like to invite you to attend one of our free energy advice events in Morden and Islington.
Have you seen information about our energy cafés but aren't sure they’re for you? We get it. Offering free advice could seem suspicious to some, let alone free cake. But, firstly, you should know that our energy advice sessions are entirely volunteer-led and grant-funded; our lovely trained energy advisors are just people helping people and being kind to the planet along the way.
We also know talk of fuel poverty can throw some people. And while this affects 11% of the UK population, it’s important to know that our energy cafés are suitable for everyone and anyone. More specifically, anyone who pays energy bills, and/or who would like to reduce their carbon footprint. Fuel poverty is just one (albeit important) aspect of the scheme.
How does it work?
Come along to one of our drop-in sessions at your local library or community centre. No appointment necessary – all you need is your latest energy bill. Our trained energy advisors can then sit down with you to provide personalised, impartial advice and support on switching energy tariffs, energy-saving measures and small behaviour changes – all over tea and cake. The service is free and could save you hundreds of pounds.
We about sustainable and renewable technology a lot, so we thought it was high-time we showed you that we know our stuff, while also giving you the insider knowledge to decipher the jargon. This month, in our ‘tech spot’, we’re breaking down heat pumps.