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Energy & Buildings

Motivation

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The UK is committed to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, to address global warming. We have set ourselves an ambitions local target to achieve this by 2030.

But, as we've seen, energy prices have increased. We can all benefit by making sure that our homes use as little energy as possible.

Liu, Z., Deng, Z., Davis, S.J. et al. 
Monitoring global carbon emissions in 2021 
Nat Rev Earth Environ 3, 217–219 (2022)

How can you save?

It's best to plan for three stages:

  1. Reduce consumption: Short-term fixes that cut your bills immediately and reduce emissions.

  2. Improve efficiency: Investing in increased insulation and energy efficient appliances to get a long-term return.

  3. Shift to renewable energy: a combination of low-carbon heating (probably a heat pump),  buying energy from a renewable supplier, time shifting to off-peak, and possibly installing solar panels.

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Advice, assistance and funding

  • Many of the energy-saving measures presented on this site have reasonably short time payback period. If you can afford them they will pay for themselves.

  • ECO 4 grants have been available for those eligible, including people on benefits.

  • The most recent ECO Plus grants will be available to anyone in poorly insulated (EPC D or below) houses in council tax bands A to D. They are not means tested.

  • The Boiler Upgrade Scheme provides grants of £5,000 towards the installation of a heat pump.

  • Contact your local group or MEA for advice.

    • Meet with an energy advisor​.

  • Other on-line resources

    • Energy Saving Trust​

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