1. Improve your energy efficiency
There are some really simple ways that you can improve the energy efficiency of your home. For example, ensuring lights are turned off when you're not in a room, turning the hot water temperature down, taking showers and not baths, fitting draft excluders on doors and re-sealing your old windows.
Using a smart meter is also a good idea. For those with a bigger budget you can buy internal or external cladding to make sure your home is well insulated.
2. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs
It's an easy change to make and it can make a huge difference. 18% of household energy use comes from lighting and LED lights can be up to 90% more efficient that traditional bulbs.
LED bulbs last up to ten times longer than compact fluorescents and far longer than typical incandescents. They are available in a range of watts, colours, bases and shapes, with dimmable controls, each having specific uses in various application areas. See our guide to light bulbs.
3. Choose a Greener Tariff
If you are on a 100% renewable tariff, your supplier will add sufficient renewable energy to the pool to match what you are taking out.
Of the big six energy companies SSE uses the highest mix of renewables (although they don't offer an individual green tariff). See our guide to gas & electricity suppliers.
4. Choose an efficient boiler
Both new and replacement boilers must, by law, be high-efficiency condensing boilers in the UK. These can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30% and heating bills by 40% compared to old-style conventional boilers.
5. Look at installing solar panels
Solar panels replace carbon-releasing energy sources such as oil and gas. These carbon savings quickly compensate for the greenhouse gases released in their manufacture and transport.
Buy quality solar panels that produce more power per surface unit (performance) and that sustain this performance over time. Solar panels age naturally and their performance reduces, but the speed at which it does, varies quite a lot.
Feed-in-tariffs were reduced last year, so payback time of the initial investment has increased considerably, despite the price of solar panels themselves falling dramatically. See our guide to solar panels.