Buildings and Energy

What's the issue?

Buildings are responsible for 33% of greenhouse gas emissions. How we heat and cool our homes and offices, cook our food, light our rooms and heat our water are a major part of our carbon footprint

What we can do about it

Switch to a renewable tariff

First of all check whether your energy provider has a renewable option. If not, switching is very easy (try Uswitch) and you may even save money.

Find out more about the cost of running your appliances

Use this calculator to estimate the cost of using each of your appliances.

Turn down your flow control

If you have a condensing combi boiler (most modern boilers are this), there is a quick fix that can save you 15% on your energy bill with no reduction in heating. Watch this video to see how to do it.

Turn your thermostat down

Check what your thermostat is set to. Although, many homes are heated to 21 or 22 degrees or even more. The WHO suggest that 18 degrees is the ideal. It is estimated that reducing your heating by 1 degree could save you £100 annually.

Turn radiators off in rooms that aren't being used.

Get a smart meter

Everyone is entitled to have a smart meter. By being able to visualise your consumption, you will be able to reduce your consumption and save money. Meter readings will also be a thing of the past.

Benefits of a smart meter

Insulate your home

Fully retrofitting a home can be an expensive and complicated business, but there is much we can do to make a difference to the to our energy consumption:

Guide to retrofitting

Costs of retrofitting

Use energy efficient appliances

Switching to LED light bulbs provide big energy savings, particularly if you have older incandescent bulbs in your house. 

Guide to the different types of light-bulb