Insulate your home to save energy
Insulate your loft, either adding new insulation if you have none or increase the amount already there. A quarter of a house's heat is lost through the roof in an uninsulated home. Insulating your roof saves you money on your bills and saves emissions. You can do it yourself if your loft is accessible or you can hire someone to come and install it.
By making sure your home is properly insulated, you can reduce the amount of energy you need to heat your home - saving you money. Making these improvements also make your home healthier and more comfortable to spend time in by addressing issues such as damp and draughts.
These sorts of improvements to your home are generally known as 'retrofitting'. Unfortunately, doing retrofit in the right way is complex, and can involve significant amounts of time spent researching and project managing - but fortunately in Oxfordshire, Cosy Homes Oxfordshire are pioneering ways to help.
Home energy consumption accounts for around 20% of total carbon emissions in the UK. According to Ofgem an average UK home with a medium energy consumption uses 12,000 kWh of gas and 2,900 kWh of electricity per year (2020 figures). That represents total carbon emissions of over 3,000kg per year. These figures could be drastically reduced through making energy efficiency improvements to our homes – reducing energy use to cut carbon emissions.