by Gail Browser
40% of the UK’s total carbon dioxide emissions come from individuals and the lion’s share of this is not from cars but actually from the energy used to heat everybody’s homes!.
Due to inefficient boilers, poor insulation and draughty external doors and windows we use more energy to heat our homes than we need – in fact UK households use more energy than many houses in the north of Sweden, Norway and Finland where winter temperatures can drop to -40°c. Here are three things you can do to make your home more energy efficient.
Upgrade Your Boiler
Heating you home is expensive. Boilers account for around 60% of your total annual energy bill according to the Energy Saving Trust. If you replace your old, inefficient boiler not only can you save money – as much as £300 – you can also save many kilos of unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions from being released into the atmosphere.
If you upgrade from the most inefficient boiler, G-rated, to the most efficient boiler, A-rated, you can save 1,220kg of CO2 per year. If you upgrade from a D-rated boiler you can save 420kg annually.
Draught-Proof Your Doors and Windows
Often overlooked as a viable energy saving mechanism, draught proofing is actually one of the easiest and cheapest ways of saving energy andmoney in your home. According to the Energy Saving Trust if every home in the UK installed better draught proofing we could save enough energy to heat almost 400,000 homes.
Solid wood external doors like those from Todd Doors will help make your home more airtight and thus you’ll require less energy to heat your home as more heat will be retained.
Install 270mm Thick Insulation
Heat rises so most of the heat in your home is lost through your roof. Installing 270mm of insulation can help retain more of this heat. If everyone installed 270mm of insulation in their lofts the UK would stop 2.7 million tonnes of CO2, every year, from being released into the atmosphere.
Add cavity wall insulation and we could all save even more, both in terms of money and CO2 emissions.
Find out more about making your home more energy efficient on the Energy Saving Trust website.