The high rate of GHG emissions globally have led to efforts from the private sector and governments to find effective ways to deal with the problem, and one proposal is to make homes more energy efficient. The housing stock in the UK still needs a lot of work to achieve the energy savings of other markets in Europe. Home energy efficiency is becoming a top infrastructure policy and one way to accomplish that is by educating homeowners on the benefits of building and refurbishing zero carbon homes. Customising a home to meet certain energy efficiency standards does not come cheap, so it helps if householders are aware of the different ways that the cost is worth it.
Climate change is no longer a challenge that only the government has to worry about because it is affecting everyone, especially with the changing weather patterns and elimination of natural habitats. As buildings contribute to 37% of the emissions in the UK, making homes more energy efficient will play a significant role in achieving zero carbon waste. The UK is one of the 190 countries that signed the Paris Agreement, which pledged to limit the climb in global temperature to below 2°C and the first step towards achieving that is reducing GHG emissions. The intended goal is to have 80% fewer emissions- in relation to 1990 figures by 2050, which is possible if homeowners take the necessary measures to improve energy use.
Reduce Energy Bills
Homeowners spend huge percentages of their incomes on power bills, which are inflated due to poor energy efficiency standards. A home that is designed to conserve energy will experience reduced power usage; and consequently, low costs. When your rooms have the right insulation, for instance, the heating and cooling system will not have to work extra to meet the demands of your home, decreasing energy consumption. Fitting LED fixtures for your lighting needs also boosts power savings in the same way as that the usage of alternative fuel sources like solar and biomass. Homeowners can also improve fuel consumption by purchasing energy efficient appliances since they always come with ratings.
Improved Indoor Comfort
A house with proper sealing, insulation, and functioning air ducts will have improved air quality. Such a house circulates and expels air in the most efficient way, which means that the atmosphere remains comfortable. During extreme temperatures, it can be difficult to enjoy the indoors when your toes are freezing or if it gets too humid to sleep. With appliances working properly and keeping up with the heating or cooling demands, home occupants will not experience cold or hot spots in different rooms.
Better Air Quality
For individuals with respiratory issues and weak immunity, contaminated air in the home can be hazardous. Efforts to make a building energy efficient also improve the atmospheric quality of the surroundings. Proper ventilation is one tactic homeowners use to improve fuel consumption, and by ensuring a home has fresh air always, you make it easier for people to breath. Indoor air gets contaminated very easily due to all the appliances in the house and sometimes, even plants that breathe in and out.
By opening and closing windows when necessary, installing fans and other forms of mechanical ventilation systems, you can make sure this dirty air is replaced every few hours, thus reducing the chances of people getting sick. Energy-saving measures also decrease humidity levels in a home. High humidity not only messes with the air quality but can also destroy a home through condensation on windows, mould growth on walls, staining on ceilings and bad odours.
Reduce Fuel Poverty
In the U.K., about 4.5 million households are said to be in fuel poverty, and that means these homeowners have to allocate more than 10% of their income to give the house standard warmth, which is defined as 18°C in other occupied rooms and 21°C in the living room. Financial assistance for fuel poor homes is only a temporary solution and learning how to reduce the energy demand in a house is more effective. Implementing energy efficiency measures in UK households helps a great deal in tackling fuel poverty, especially when homeowners can get monetary benefits in exchange.
Increase Property Value
A house with proper energy saving measures has very minimal operational costs as well as maintenance needs. Such a home is an attractive asset for prospective buyers. With the pressure to contribute more to energy savings, homebuyers are leaning towards green properties and are willing to pay more for them. Therefore, refurbishing your house to be more fuel sufficient boosts its worth such that it doesn’t stay long on the market. Rental properties with high-energy standards also have low tenant turnover rates, which is the objective of any property owner.
Energy efficiency is a priority that the housing market should take very seriously, and that starts with households doing everything possible to reduce fuel consumption. Besides lowering GHG emissions both locally and globally, energy-efficient homes are less stressful to operate and live in, not to mention, support the modern lifestyle.