What is demand reduction?
Demand reduction means reducing energy consumption by avoiding unnecessary waste. This can be achieved through changing habits and behaviour, better control of energy consuming systems and through the new technologies that provide more feedback and greater control over consumption.
Changing Habits and Behaviour
Changing habits and behaviour is perhaps the simplest way of reducing energy use. All sorts of activities and processes involve energy consumption and with a little thought this usage can be reduced. This includes simple measures like turning off lights, closing doors and boiling just enough water in the kettle.
Heating and Lighting Controls
Heating controls include timers, boiler and wall mounted thermostats and individual thermostatic radiator valves. Hot water systems have temperature and timing controls as well. The manufacturer can provide you with instructions on how to do this, or contact us for further advice.
Lighting systems can be upgraded to include timers and sensors to manage when they are in use.
Community buildings will often have a central ‘building management system’. These will need to be configured to match usage patterns. This may require a professional. The Carbon Trust has produced a useful checklist called “Assessing the energy use in your building fact sheet (CTL003)”.
Smart Energy Technologies
‘Real Time Displays’ (RTD) provide feedback on current energy usage which can help to reduce consumption. ‘Smart Meters’ also include real time displays and will be rolled out across the UK from 2014. There are an increasing number of online tools available to track energy use and even to control systems remotely. DECC provide some useful information on Smart Meters.
Demand Reduction – Simple Guides for Householders
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Using Heating Controls Effectively
Taking control of your heating system can help you make the most of the heat in your home and manage how much it costs.
Low Energy Lighting
By replacing a traditional bulb with an energy saving bulb, which lasts around 10 times longer than a traditional bulb, you can make savings of around £40 before it needs replacing, so across a typical home the savings can quickly add up.