Two primary reasons, cost and environmental responsibility. Any eco sceptic cannot deny that due to the price rise in fuel it makes perfect sense to save that extra money to top up spending on the skiing holiday! The environmental stewardship of not wasting resources is something that everyone should take on board. Here’s some basic steps:

• Insulation – the roof, windows, on cavity walls the jury is still out.

• Lighting - Energy saving bulbs everywhere. And YES they are just as bright as normal bulbs and YES you can even get dimmer friendly ones now.

• Solar water heating – with the reduced prices now these highly cost effective heating systems are within the vast populations reach.

• Appliances – Only buy appliances with the best energy rates.

• Do not Stand by – Turn your appliances off at the wall socket.

This year the Ideal Home Show will even have a area, offering advice and detailing ways to move to a low carbon lifestyle. This gives wide recognition that these attitudes are become accepted in the mass market and are no longer a niche offering.

There are so many more things you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your home without incurring significant costs. It just involves a bit of effort to think about it.
The paradigm shift in thinking will have been achieved when I no longer have to write about reducing energy wastage and lower carbon emissions as it will be the de facto standard mindset for all. If the politicians in the EU can agree on overall targets ( ) then we have to start pulling our weight too. A few simple steps will go a long way, lets hope we all get there sooner rather than later.