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One of the first lines of defence against climate change is energy efficient housing. But how can you make an old house fit for the future?
With over 22% of the UK’s carbon emissions coming from our homes1, the challenge is on to make Britain’s old, energy-inefficient housing more eco-friendly.
From solar panels to energy efficient boilers, new homes now have many environmentally friendly features built-in. But the UK’s older properties need a lot of upgrading before they can join in the battle against climate change.
The Met Office reports that climate change is already happening across the UK, with record-breaking heatwaves now 30 times more likely2. Extreme weather events3 such as torrential rain are set to affect many people as time goes on. The head of the upcoming COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference, stated that the unseasonal flooding seen across Britain in recent days is a reminder of the urgent need to tackle the climate crisis.4
Improving home energy efficiency forms a major part of the global commitment to address the effects of world climate change5. The UK Government has ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions and make our homes kinder to the environment.
Hitting our targets in the UK is a huge task. It requires the majority of the UK’s 27 million homes and 2 million non-domestic buildings to be virtually zero carbon by 2050. The plan to achieve this involves improving energy efficiency, installing smart technologies and moving to low carbon heat sources.
In a recent government report, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) said, ‘We want all homes, so far as possible, to reach an Energy Performance Certification of C or above.’6 The CCC recommends improving at least two-thirds of our housing stock by as early as 2035.
In a typical household, over half of the fuel bills are spent on heating and hot water7.
The Energy Saving Trust reveals that the average household generated 2,745kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) from its heating in 2017. We need to reduce this to just 138kg per household by 2050 to meet UK targets.
To reach the goal of ‘Net Zero’ set by the UK Government, carbon emissions from heating our homes will have to drop by a huge 95% over the next 30 years.
The good news is, all homes have the potential to become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint.
Improving a home’s energy efficiency and lowering its carbon emissions can range from quick and cost-effective solutions to installing entire new heating systems.
Government grant schemes could cover the cost of some home energy efficiency improvements to help the UK achieve its zero carbon target.
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