Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Home

The Oxford University have released a paper which suggest that Carbon dioxide emissions in homes in the UK could be cut by a massive 80% by the year. The major recommendations presented by the paper state that financial incentives for home owners and tighter energy efficiency standards were the key to cutting carbon emissions in homes.
A total of A�425 a year could be save on a households energy bills and enabling these measures would enable the UK government to reduce CO2 emissions by 60% from 1990 levels by 2050 according to the report. Reducing emissions from energy use in people’s homes is crucial if the government is going to achieve the their target. It total, this will account for 25-27% of all the UK’s carbon emissions.
The report’s blueprint for future low carbon homes includes:
People are aware of double glazing, cavity wall insulation and more efficient boilers and lighting. This framework has been introduced by the government to help everybody realise the importance of cutting CO2 emissions and what people can do with their homes to help with climate change mitigation.
A technology that may produce real savings is something called micro combined heat and power also known as CHP. A separate study by the Carbon Trust has found that larger homes and smaller commercial enterprises may be able to cut their carbon emissions by as much as 20%.
Micro CHP systems generate both heat and electricity locally, and reduce costs and emissions by offsetting energy needs that otherwise would have been drawn from national electricity and gas distribution grids.
A number of methods for home owners to reduce their carbon emissions are available and include:
1. Loft insulation
2. Super efficient LED lights
3. Micro CHP system
4. Household waste collected to feed CHP system
5. Ground source heat pump
6. Cut bills by about A�425 a year
7. Double glazing How To Become A Plumber Nz and shutters
8. Solar thermal panels to provide hot water
Boilers account for on average 60% of the carbon dioxide caused by a gas heated home. Not only will replacing an old boiler with a new Plumbing Sign Off high efficiency condensing boiler reduce carbon dioxide emissions, it will also dramatically reduce the cost of heating in the home.
High efficiency condensing boilers, unlike old g-rated boilers, have been design to recycle and re-use as much heat waste as possible. If you consider the statistic that old G rate boilers convert 65% of their fuel into heat compared to 86% of high efficiency boilers, it clear to see where the savings can be made.
So, how do you know if your boiler is a high efficiency condensing boiler? Boilers have UK SEDBUK rating – Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers starting for A through to G, with A rated boilers being the most efficient and G rated boilers being the least efficient.
So, if your boiler is and old g rated boiler, it will probably make sense to replace it sooner rather than later to avoid having to pay repair and heating bills incurred. Of course, installing a new high efficiency boiler is not the only step you should consider when reducing you carbon dioxide emissions and reducing your heating bills. Ideally, before even buying a new boiler, you should make sure that your home is fully insulated.
The next step before simply going out and purchasing a new boiler should be to get a number of quotes from reputable sellers and installers. Any boiler installers you consider should be gas safe registered therefore complying with the UK Gas Safety Regulations introduced in Great Britain on 1st April 2009.

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