I got an urgent call out of the blue on Tuesday lunchtime from the Energy Saving Trust which I work with as their Green Voice of the UK. “The BBC want to do some filming with you about saving energy as temperatures have dropped so low this August, can you do it?!” I stepped into action – well, mainly rushing about tidying our house which was something resembling a compost heap and making sure it was fit for the team from BBC Breakfast to film in.
Here’s a link to the piece on the BBC Website.
It was great fun – especially filming the shower clip about the amount of energy it takes to heat water. Our bathroom is tiny so you can imagine how difficult it was to fit myself, the reporter Laura Yates and the cameraman Jamie in there. I got quite wet standing next to the shower, actually, as I kept fluffing my lines and having to do it again! They were so professional and patient and did an amazing job.
We had a lot of fun but I also hope we made everbody think about how they can cut their domestic energy use. It’s certainly made me wonder what else we can do to conserve heat in our home – and save money – and I’ll be doing my best to stick to my guns and not put the heating on until we really have to. These recent price rises are a worry, though, as they are so substantial. My own supplier has hiked gas prices by 19 per cent and electricity by 10 per cent and many people are already worrying about paying the bills, not just for energy but everything else at the moment. I think many people will struggle and it’s been so unseasonally cold recently that I know quite a few friends have considered putting the heating on already this year.
For more energy saving tips, visit the Energy Saving Trust’s website where you can also carry out a web-based home energy check too. And let me know if you have any energy saving ideas of your own to share with me.
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