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Why it’s important
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.
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