Curb your home’s Carbon Footprint
UK, 02.06.2011The recently announced Energy Bill stipulates that by law the UK needs to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 and meet targets set to ensure that 15% of our energy comes from renewable sources by 2020. However, there is some speculation as to whether these targets are too ambitious.
Homeowners across the country could make a big difference by making a few simple changes at home to make sure we’re all doing our bit. Here are a few ways you can reduce your carbon footprint with just a few simple changes to your lifestyle and day to day activities around the home.
Do the maths
Make a start by calculating the carbon footprint of your household, with a handy carbon calculator. By simply inputting a few details, you can estimate the CO2 footprint of your home and highlight where emissions are coming from. This can help you see where and how to cut back.
Be switched on
One way to reduce the carbon footprint of your home is by curbing your individual footprint, for example, you could perhaps make some of the following simple changes to your lifestyle:
- Cars and other forms of road transport account for 22% of all UK carbon emissions, so walking or lift sharing with others could make a dramatic difference
- Switch off appliances around the house when they aren’t in use
- Replace low efficiency light bulbs with an energy-saving bulb
- RECYLCE! re-use where you can, recycle rubbish and take reusable carrier bags shopping so you don’t waste plastic
- Invest in new heating technologies such as solar thermal; like Glow-worm’s Clearly Solar, or air to water heat pumps such as the new Glow-worm, Clearly Heat Pumps range. Both are MCS accredited (meaning they’ll be eligible as part of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme*), and could significantly save you money
- Insulate: Insulation Grants are a government initiative designed to encourage people to invest in better insulation for their homes – so as to keep the heat in, and the cool out. Ultimately, this would result in lower energy bills and less CO2 emissions, as less energy would be used to heat the home. All UK properties will be eligible for either full or partial insulation grants, so check here for a quick answer as to what your property is entitled to
Replacing an old boiler with a newer, more energy-efficient model will make your heating system more efficient and reduce the CO2 you are emitting from your home.
Boilers that are 15 years or older, are likely to be far less efficient than newer models. Replacing an old G-rated boiler with a high efficiency condensing boiler, like the Ultracom2 cxi combi boiler, can save CO2 as well as money on your energy bills.
Experts at Glow-worm have calculated that if you replace an older standard efficiency boiler with a new high efficiency model, the average household could save between £190 and £240 a year on their heating bills.
Renewable heating technologies like Clearly Solar, our straightforward solar thermal range, as well as Clearly Hybrid and our new range of heat pumps; Clearly Heat Pumps (due to launch later this month) should also be considered when reviewing energy requirements at home or upgrading your heating system. Our team of renewable experts can advise you on the best forms of renewable technology for you or advise on an accredited renewables installer in your area.
Seize the opportunity!
The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) is encouraging homeowners to make the most of the tools and information currently available, designed to help homeowners access greener forms of energy, from the wide range of renewable products available through to Government schemes like the Renewable Heat Incentive.
NAEA argues that this will not only aid reduction in carbon emissions, but could also increase the value of a property, reduce energy bill prices and help people save money in the long-term.
For more information on Going Green click here.
*Current understanding at time of being published