Boaters Best Practice Energy

Energy Efficiency

To help reduce energy consumption just follow our best practice advice.

On Board

  • Change to LED lights
  • Invest in solar or wind generators to reduce the need to turn on your engine to top up batteries
  • Consider using biofuels or electric engines
  • When purchasing an outboard engine, choose CE marked engines to increase fuel efficiency and reduce noise
  • When victualling, choose locally produced groceries
  • Keep your hull clean, engine running efficiently and trim the engine to minimise fuel consumption
  • Good use of throttle on motor boats will dramatically reduce fuel consumption
  • Choose products made from recycled materials
  • Choose products made from FSC certified wood
  • Recycle as much waste on board as possible
  • Recycle your second hand kit such as old sails and oilskins at boat jumbles, freecycle or on ebay rather than throwing it away.   
  • Ask about the environmental policies of businesses or manufacturers that you buy from

At home – Low cost

  • Monitor energy use
  • Install energy efficient light bulbs
  • Switch off lights in unused rooms
  • Switch off heating in unused rooms
  • Do not leave electrical products on standby when not in use
  • Insulate heating pipes
  • Check room temperature and thermostat settings are between 18 and 21 degrees
  • Ensure fridges are installed away from heat sources and south facing windows
  • Turn down hot water to 60 degrees
  • Keep windows clean to ensure maximum natural light
  • Ensure radiators are not obstructed by furniture
  • Fit draft excluders to doors and windows   
  • Switch to a proven green tariff for electricity supply
  • Print double sided   
  • Clean filters and extractor fans to keep them working efficiently
  • Regularly maintain and service heating 

At home – Higher cost

  • Install light sensors which will automatically switch off lights when no one is around
  • Insulate walls and roof cavities
  • Install double glazing
  • Replace hot water tanks which heat and store water with an efficient instant “heat on demand” or combi system
  • Install solar hot water heating panels
  • Install photovoltaic cells   
  • Install wind generators
  • Invest in power down equipment to switch off non essential equipment at night

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