Buildings (houses, offices, shops and public buildings) are responsible for about 45% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions. Our homes are responsible for about half of those emissions through heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water, cooking, lighting and electrical appliances.
Space heating is by far the biggest energy use in the home, followed by hot water, appliances, cooking and lighting.
A typical uninsulated house loses energy through the roof, windows, walls, ventilation and draughts, floors and doors.
The Zero Carbon Britain report sets out how we can reduce emissions from our buildings:
• High standards for new buildings and retrofit of old buildings can reduce energy demand for heating by 50%
• Efficiency improvements in cooking, lighting and electrical appliances can significantly reduce energy demand.
While all new homes from 2016 are required to be zero carbon, the majority of the building stock in Chesterfield and the rest of the UK are existing ageing buildings, many of which are poorly insulated.
Find out what you can do to reduce energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions in your home.