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Turn down the heating and help the environment

More and more people across the UK are beginning to support the initiative to cut emissions to almost zero by 2050. What most people don’t realise is that this can easily be reached by something as simple as turning down the heating and wearing more clothes indoors. We’ve looked into the key statistics below.

Running an energy efficient home is one of the biggest ways we can reduce our carbon emissions, as a third of greenhouse gases coming from the domestic sector. Recent findings by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, and Cambridge Architectural Research (2012), identified the two top energy saving measures for households were as simple as:

  1. turning heating down by 2 degrees from 20°C to 18°C
  2. turning heating down by 1 degree from 19°C to 18°C

As well as recycling, washing clothes on 30°C and cutting down on single-use plastic, it’s crucial that households across the country turn down their heating and wear more layers if we are to reach almost zero emissions by 2050. The Committee on Climate Change has said that this is possible, but only if more households take action.

Interestingly a survey conducted this month by YouGov found that 44% of British households typically heated their home to 20 degrees or more, with a further 27% heating to between 18 and 19 degrees.

Owning an energy efficient home is another step that can be taken to help reduce our carbon footprint. Over the last four years, there have been on average 1,300 homes sold each year with the highest EPC energy rating and these could have reductions of up to 25% in their heating and lighting. The East and South East regions have the highest concentrations at 17% and this reflects the distribution of new build homes.

Simple additions such as loft insulation, double glazed windows and installing water-saving shower heads are just some of the measures that can be put into place to make a significant difference to the amount of emissions from your home.

If you have any other tips on how to make your home eco-friendly, let us know on Twitter here.

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