By Christabel - posted on February 23, 2022

Energy Efficiency

Did you know that 20% of UK carbon emissions come from energy use in our homes?  

By making our homes energy efficient we can reduce the amount of heat lost and the demand for energy, saving both money and carbon. Energy efficient homes are more comfortable too, since they are warmer in winter and cooler in summer. A warm home is essential for health and wellbeing, and it also reduces the risk of mould from condensation. 

Heat is lost from your home through the fabric of the building, most through the walls and roof, and through draughts where heat escapes as air blows through gaps, for example round windows and doors or through floorboards. Insulation and draught-proofing, while ensuring that there is the appropriate amount of ventilation to reduce condensation, are key to making a home energy efficient.

Reduce your impact 

  • Insulate your home, in particular the walls and loft or roof 
  • Draught-proof doors, windows, loft hatch, cellar entry, chimney, floorboards, skirting boards and lag pipes 
  • Switch to low energy lightbulbs and turn off when not in use  
  • Choose efficient appliances if replacing them and don’t leave them on standby 
  • Understand your energy use so you know where you could save the most, a smart meter and in home display might be helpful 
  • Use heating and hot water efficiently, including adjusting controls and not blocking radiators 

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