by Hayley Jones
The biggest portion of the domestic consumption of carbon emissions is directly attributed to heating our homes. In the UK, we consume 79,466 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year through heating our homes. This is more than private vehicles, 64,863 million tonnes and air transport, 27,775 million tonnes.
This huge consumption of carbon dioxide is unnecessary. Yes we need to heat our homes to stay warm during the winter, but we can do so more efficiently. Homes in Scandinavia for example consume far less energy from heating, despite it being much colder, with temperatures in northern Sweden dropping to -40°c for instance. This is because houses in Scandinavia, by law, are better insulated than houses in the UK.
We too can follow in the footsteps of our greener Scandinavian cousins. By increasing the amount of insulation in your loft and/or roof you can dramatically increase the energy efficiency of your home, reducing your carbon usage and shrinking your energy bills.
A quarter of the heat lost from a home is through the roof. By installingthick loft insulation you could greatly reduce the amount of heat lost from your home. Wickes has a range of loft insulation products to choose from at various thicknesses and made from a selection of different materials. What’s more, Wickes can even install the insulation for you so you don’t have to get your hands dirty.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, if you currently have no loft insulation, installing the full 270mm recommended by the Government will amount to 720kg of saved carbon emissions, £175 saved on energy bills – every year – and the entire job will pay for itself within two years. If you already have a small amount of insulation, increasing this from 100mm to 270mm will result in carbon dioxide savings of 110kg per year, £25 per year utility bill savings and it will pay for itself in just over four years.
You can find out more about the benefits of making your home more energy efficient and the implications of climate change on the Energy Saving Trust website.