Use Less, Save More

By Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert

Paperback, 96 pages £4.95
Published: 1st October 2006
ISBN: 9781903998885
Format: 165mm x 119mm


Series: Green Books Guides

Did you know that:
ï our demand for electricity grows by about 3% every year?
ï just lowering the temperature of your thermostat by 1 degree Celcius can reduce your energy bill by 10%?
ï energy-efficient light bulbs last about 12 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and each one will save you about £7 a year?
ï almost 40% of all the heat that we buy to warm up our rooms escapes through our walls and roof space if theyíre not insulated?
ï if we didnít leave our TVs and other gadgets on stand-by, we could shut down two power stations?
Weíre all using more and more energy: charging up our mobiles and laptops, keeping our rooms so hot that we walk around in short sleeves in the winter, or leaving lights on all day and night whether we are using the rooms or not. But the consequences of using so much so freely is causing our climate to change, and our energy bills to rise.
There are many small things we can do which cost nothing but can make a difference. This book gives you over 100 tips for saving energy, money and the environment, ideas for taking it a bit further with solar installation or wind turbines, plus facts about our energy use and its impact on our climate.

"This is a must-read for everyone. We all need to be more energy aware, and this book is packed full of practical advice on how to save money on your energy bills." Duncan Sedgwick, Energy Retail Assocation

Did you know:
Just lowering the temperature of your thermostat by 1C could reduce your energy bill by 10%;
Energy-efficient light bulbs last about 12 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and consume about 1/5 of the energy;
If we didn't leave our TVs and other gadgets on stand-by, two power stations could be shut down;
The cost of electricity has almost doubled since 2002;
Our homes produce even more CO2 emissions than our cars.

This book gives you 100 energy-saving tips for the home - from simple things like switching off unnecessary lights and having a shower instead of a bath, to more drastic measures such as installing a condensing boiler. If each one of us acts on just a few of these suggestions, we can save money - and help slow down climate change.

How much electricity do you use?
Home heating
Water heating
Keeping things cool
Washing and drying clothes
Washing dishes
Electrical appliances and gadgets
Renewable energy and your home: Solar power; Small-scale wind turbines; Biomass (biofuels); Ground-source heat pumps; Small-scale hydro power
Advice and grants

Jon Clift

After working on various sailing yachts around the world for several years, including three transatlantic sailing crossings and a period in the merchant navy, Jon Clift settled ashore, becoming involved in teaching, sailing and outdoor pursuits. Following his first degree in education, he spent a period as Director of Outward Bound Wales and latterly ran his own sailing school in South Devon.

Having always been concerned about environmental issues Jon decided to ‘walk the talk’ and took a Masters in Sustainable Environmental Management, working with a major water company for his dissertation. He now works as an environmental consultant, and still keeps his toes wet running sea survival courses. Jon lives in Salcombe, South Devon.

Amanda Cuthbert

Amanda Cuthbert started her working life in the theatre before becoming a founder member of Sky Television, writing, presenting and producing programmes. Sixteen years ago she left the TV life behind to run a small farm in Devon; having been concerned about environmental issues since childhood, she put her ideas into practice – growing organic vegetables, leaving fields unsprayed and raising sheep, pigs and hens organically.

Author of The Dreamer’s Guide to Running Holiday Accommodation (Breese Books) and co-author of The Briefcase and the Baby: A Nanny and Mother’s Handbook (Mandarin) she now works as a writer and editor, and raises chickens and grows her veg in south Devon.

Amanda and Jon have previously collaborated on other environmental subjects, and have written other titles in the Green Books Guides series: Water: Use Less Save More, Energy: Use Less Save More, Climate Change: Simple things you can do to make a difference, Greening Your Office: An A-Z Guide, How to be a Student and Not Destroy Planet Earth and How To Grow Your Food: A Guide for Complete Beginners.

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 96 pages
ISBN: 9781903998885
Format: 165mm x 119mm

BISAC Code:  HOM016000, NAT011000
Imprint: Green Books

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