Can I easily turn my home net zero carbon by 2025?

We produce carbon by just sitting on the sofa. How can this be possible you may ask? The average family home 2.7 tonnes per year just heating and lighting the home. Then you have all your white goods that use electricity. All the food you eat has been farmed and transported to the shops to be sold to you. So how can we easily reduce our carbon footprint to an acceptable level and help fight climate change?

Insulating our lofts and walls space has huge impact on your carbon footprint. 

The UK’s uninsulated old housing stock loses up to 35% of its heat through the walls and 25% through the ceiling. This means that we have to make our boilers work that much harder to heat our homes to the required temperature, this increase in workload burns on average an extra 920kg CO2 per year. It also cost you more money to heat the home. This is why properly insulating your home is so important.

Installing double or triple glazed windows and draft proofing your property will also have a big impact on the amount of extra work your boiler needs to do to get to your chosen temperature. So will also reduce your carbon footprint.

Use energy efficient appliances (A++ and A+++ rating). If shop around and you can find much more efficient models. If you have an old fridge from the 1990’s for example, todays modern fridges are 25% more energy efficient. 

Hanging up you washing to dry instead of using the tumble dryer can save a lot of energy and save you money.  

Look into changing your heating system in the house, under floor heating is 25% more efferent at heating your home that traditional radiators but there is also the cost of installing or retrofitting. 

Changing to renewable heating technology such as heat pumps or electric boilers which use electricity to power them instead of burning gas will dramatically reduce your carbon footprint. With the UK power grid now getting much of its electricity from renewable

sources such as wind and solar it is now being seen as a green alternative. But if you want to do more you can also use the wasted space on your roof by installing PV solar panels.

But the most important thing to remember is the three R’s, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.