Reducing carbon means cutting down on your use of basic resources such as gas, electricity and water. Doing this will save money, and you’ll be making your home a more efficient and healthy place to be.
The most cost-effective method is to prevent your home from performing like a leaky sieve! Insulate your roof, but also your walls and floors, as combined they can account for 75 per cent of your heat loss.
Insulating the roof of a typical detached house could cost £395 initially, but could save £240 a year in terms of reduced bills, so the pay-back period is fairly quick. Similarly insulating your walls and floors will keep living areas snug.
Draughts account for a staggering 15 per cent of heat loss. Fitting excluders around doors, windows and letterboxes is a really manageable DIY job that will achieve great results.
Now that you’ve created a warm shell, you can start using energy more efficiently. If your boiler is more than eight years old, you might want to consider upgrading to a more efficient model. Going from a G to an A rated energy efficient model could save you £340 every year.
Controlling it effectively is also essential. Fit timer controls to your boiler and thermostatic radiator valves to every radiator, which will allow you to monitor your energy use tightly by having the heating on only where it’s needed.
It’s worth looking into remote control systems such as Nest or Hive. Once fitted, they give you controllable warmth from the touch of your smartphone or tablet.