Reduce Residential Carbon Emissions
“As everyone knows, it is essential that carbon emissions be significantly reduced. It’s clear that a big part in this must be played by those building and managing the nation’s homes. This quote comes from Lord Best, president of the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA), and couldn’t be closer to the truth.
With the government committing to reducing high-carbon fossil fuels in the 2020s and the setting net zero target by 2050, the 10 years will require considerable changes in the way we build, manage and heat our homes.
To meet our 2050 carbon neutral target on climate change, it goes without saying that we will have to build new homes to low carbon standards. But with emphasis on the need for new housing, it is essential to remember that the majority of the homes that will exist in 2050 have already been built.
Eliminate Fuel Poverty
Most of us would define fuel poverty as simply not being able to afford to keep your home warm. But there is an official definition: a household is said to be fuel poor if it has above-average energy costs, and if paying those costs would push it below the poverty line as far as its remaining income was concerned.
There’s also something called the poverty fuel gap. This is the difference between a fuel-poor household’s energy bill and the size of bill it would need to have in order not to be classified as fuel poor. In 2017 in England, the gap was £321, down from £333 the previous year. That means its bills would have to fall by £321 before paying them would not push a fuel-poor family below the poverty line.
According to official fuel poverty statistics 11% of all social rented households in England are in fuel poverty, which is slightly above the national average but significantly lower than in the private rented sector, where almost 1 in 5 (19%) of all households are fuel poor. However, looking at subjective measures of fuel poverty shows a very different picture. Despite living in more energy efficient homes than residents in other tenures, almost a quarter (23%) of all social rented households report that they struggle with keeping their homes warm, the highest proportion across all tenures and more than double the national average (12%). Why is this so?
The 2018 fuel poverty dataset and the associated English Housing Survey (EHS) data behind the statistics presented will be made available on the UK data archive later in 2020.
What low carbon technologies can you retrofit to existing housing stock
Heating the 28 million homes in the UK accounts for almost 20% of the UK’s CO2 emissions. This is mostly space heating, with contributions from hot water and cooking. When indirect emissions from electric heating are included, this figure increases to around 23%
Air Source Heat Pumps are future proof and a low carbon technology for use in the home and can provide heating and hot water to use all year round. They have a life expectancy of between 15-25 years whereas a gas boiler’s efficient life is between 8-12 years. Running cost are dramatically reduced as well. Replacing a gas boiler with a ASHP, you will see around a 40% to 50% saving on your heating bills and an oil boiler will see savings of around 70%
Our UK wide network of approved installers will support you and work with you to survey properties and advise on all relevant energy saving products including: