Green advice for the responsible household
8 December 2008 — 5:15 PM
Consumers who may have recently recycled their used mobile phones have been advised on a number of other ways they can go green.
According to Gareth Kloet, head of energy for price comparison website Confused.com, there are many ways in which households can improve their energy-efficiency.
He states when it comes to heating the home, water tank jackets can cost very little and pay for themselves quickly. Mr Kloet adds 33 per cent of a household's heat can be saved with cavity insulation.
Another recommended course of action is making sure appliances and gadgets are switched off whenever they are not in use.
"Many manufacturers are now working towards reducing energy waste, but switching off appliances can still save 25 per cent of the energy they use when left on," Mr Kloet says.
Kettles, computers and domestic appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and fridge-freezers are all things that should be monitored if a house is to become more environmentally-friendly, he concludes.
Nokia is currently one of the greenest mobile manufacturers around, according to a recent Greenpeace study, which may interest those trading in old mobile phones for a more eco-friendly handset.
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