Energy Saving Statistics
The UK government has set a target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Much of this will have to be met by reducing the carbon footprint of the UK’s housing stock. (Ed Milliband Environment Secretary [Oct 2008])
- 10 million homes in the UK that have lofts have loft insulation of less than 125mm (38% of homes with a loft)
- 9 million homes in UK with cavity walls do not have cavity wall insulation (40% of homes with cavity wall)
- 7.6 million homes in the UK with solid walls do not have solid wall insulation (98% of homes with solid walls)
- 26% of energy used in UK goes on space heating
- Across the economy, renewable electricity rose nearly 140% from 2003 to 2009.
- 15% of UK energy to be generated by renewables by 2020
- UK Carbon emissions to be cut by 34% by 2020
- The efficiency of 7 million homes will have been upgraded, with over 1.5 million of them generating renewable energy
- Estimated 1.2 million jobs in the green energy sector
It is estimated that 85% of UK’s existing housing stock will still be in use in the year 2050 so, even if we build a new generation of “green” homes, measures will still have to be taken to reduce the carbon footprint of the existing housing stock.
In most cases, the easiest improvement can be achieved by upgrading loft insulation to reduce heat loss. However, this measure will not address the large proportion of heat loss that occurs through the external surfaces of a building.
To meet these targets the government is offering cash incentives to people who take steps to generating their own electricity and heat from renewable sources. This turns the switch to renewable energy not only an exercise in saving money but also a source of income over time (20 years FIT, 7 years RHI).
Energy Saving Solutions
The use of solar panels is becoming much more common. People up and down the country are generating their own free electricity and enjoying incentive payments from the government for each unit of electricity they produce. See more on solar energy here
Although Air source heat pumps use electricity to run, they are so efficient that they produce 4kW for every 1kW of electricity used. This makes them 400% efficient as opposed to 78% efficiency of an average boiler. Together with a government incentive (RHI) that pays you to use energy from a renewable source there has never been a better time to switch to using green energy.
Houses that don’t have a waterproof thermal barrier on the outside of the roof and walls are less energy efficient. The Future Energy Solutions products not only prevent water getting in through the roof and walls but also allows moisture that occurs naturally inside the house to diffuse through the roof and walls, like the non return valve principle. Houses treated with FES Energy Saving products take less time and energy to get warm and take less energy to keep warm.
You too can become much more energy efficient and live a “greener” life by investing in any of our energy saving products.