Houses consume 30% of the UK’s total energy and produce 27% of the country’s carbon emissions. Taking steps now to reduce the amount of energy generated
from fossil fuels used in your home will help to reduce the threat of serious
climate change. It can also make your home more comfortable to live in and
cheaper to run – and increase its value as an asset.
A typical 1960s house emits 5 tonnes of CO2 per year. Typically 44% of the energy is used for space heating, 25% for water
heating, 25% for lights and appliances and 6% for cooking. By contrast, a
typical Victorian house emits 8 tonnes of CO2 in a year, and as much as 63% of the energy is used for space heating.
There are many things you can do to reduce your domestic carbon footprint, and
many advantages. The benefits of energy-saving refurbishment include:
• It makes it easier to maintain a comfortable internal temperature
• It means less energy is needed to warm the house
• Using less energy means lower bills
• It avoids overheating in summer
• It eliminates draughts
• It uses controlled ventilation to avoid smells and condensation
• It reduces unwanted noise from outside
• It improves your home’s EPC rating
If you are buying, selling or renting out a property, you now need an Energy
Performance Certificate (EPC), which details the building’s energy use and CO2 emissions. There is growing evidence that a favourable EPC increases a property’s market value.