Energy conservation can be broken into two distinct groups. Group one is utilising tech upgrades such as low energy light bulbs or installing sash window draught proofing to your home. The other way is working out how to use less power manually. This means turning a light off, or turning heating down more quickly or before the room is heated to a point of waste.
The average homeowner is now feeling the cost of fuel more than ever. Any positive, yet affordable upgrades must seriously be considered. Some energy saving factors in the home are so significant, they are paid for, or subsidised by the government. Loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, and sash window draught proofing all have reduced VAT ratings in the UK and are seen as the three most effective, both cost, and to the environment methods of controlling wasted energy.
A traditional property with sash windows, would have the following work carried out to make a near perfect home installation:
- Sash window draught proofing
- Lost insulation
- Cavity wall insulation
- Thick heavy curtains installed
- Upgraded boiler and thermostat system
- Low energy appliances and light bulbs
It would probably shock you to know that if a home was properly protected and technologies above utilised, then the cost of your heating bill would may be less than 50%. That is testament to the advance in tech, as well highlights the flaws in period properties, however beautiful they are.
Cost wise loft insulation is the most effective method of saving money. The installation may cost around £400 and take 18 months to payback. Cavity wall insulation prices are on the up as a result of reduced government subsidies. the cost being anywhere from £300-£1000 for a homeowner. This makes appraising the energy repayment difficult to quantify. If we took the lower end of the cost then two years would see full repayment. Sash window draught proofing typically costs £200 per window and takes four years to repay.
Energy conservation is as important as the way we currently research and develop renewal energy sources. Until we can effectively produce energy without cause a carbon footprint, or burning of fossil fuels we must workout methods that makes us far more efficient. If every home was able to cut the use of gas, the impact would be positive and last on the environment. Scientists predict we are on the verge of a the 6th mass extinction the planet has ever seen, all occur because of huge environmental changes. It’s no surprise then that this is a dangerous time because of the way we are abusing the planet. The hope has to be we run out of fossil fuels before we damage our environment beyond repair, however wouldn’t it be that much better that we could develop the technology required now to avoid the further damage altogether. While the cost of energy continues to rise, we must become ever more proactive in reducing the amount we consume. The planet simply cannot keep up with our rate of consumption.