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What is Saving Energy?
We all use energy in our homes, generally to make life easier and more enjoyable; it provides comfort, cooks our food, heats water for washing, provides lighting when it gets dark and makes household appliances work so we don't have to.
We obtain the energy we need in our homes from several sources and in the UK most is delivered to us in the form of electricity and gas although some rural areas may need to arrange for it to be delivered in the form of solid fuel, heating oil or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and for the most part, we have to pay for it. Quite a lot of the energy we pay for is wasted and saving energy is all about cutting out the waste.
We have three uses for the energy we consume. The first is to overcome the inefficiency of our homes and the appliances we use, the second is to accommodate our behaviour in leaving things on when they're not actually in use and the third and most important part is the energy we actually need to make the things we use work and our homes comfortable. We have to pay for all three but only need the last one.
Saving energy is about being efficient, not about going without. It's important that we use enough energy to keep our homes warm but not too warm and limit the amount of condensation to maintain a healthy environment.
Energy is an expensive necessity and it will get more expensive and ultimately there is a limit to how much any of us can afford. It makes no sense at all to waste a large proportion of something that's getting more expensive, so we need to use it wisely.