Our existing homes need to be retrofitted with better insulation, and gas central heating replaced by heat pumps and solar energy systems. Appliances also need to be updated to be energy efficient. Read more
This is about 30% of our city’s overall carbon footprint. Most is from the gas used to heat our homes and water
This leads to approximately 40 early deaths per year.
There are two main ways to green our housing sector:
to a 100% renewable tariff. If you choose the right supplier this can fund new solar and wind farms. Read this article for a heads-up on which companies do this.
to make your house warmer and cut your energy bills / carbon footprint. If you are on certain benefits or a low income the government "ECO" scheme can offer grants for this.
to an energy-efficient one. Modern condensing boilers are around 90% efficient, compared to 55% for the oldest models – meaning a signficant reduction on your gas bill.
to lower your bills / carbon footprint and earn money. Find out if your roof is suitable via the Switched On Solar website. (N.B. for household incomes less than £30k a year, the panels are free.)
to solar or an air source heat pump, which can pay for itself in three years from savings on your bill and money back from the government.
Up to 50% of the lifetime emissions of a building can occur at the construction stage. If you are a developer consider signing up to the Green Building Council’s Net Zero commitment.
Influence new developments where you live: ask the developer about how they intend to reduce carbon emissions, contribute to local consultations and comment on planning applications.