It is the end of an age of cheap and freely available energy. Burning fossil fuels adds to global warming and the price of these commodities has been steadily increasing for decades. Now there are predictions in the national press that energy prices may treble over the next 10 years.
Improving energy efficiency presents a double prize: it can reduce the ever increasing living costs and combat climate change at the same time, so helping the environment and raising living standards too.
More than 40% of all carbon emissions in the UK come from buildings, and 70% of these buildings existed before energy became a scarce commodity. In the UK we have some of the oldest housing stock in Europe, if not the world – and they were not built with global warming in mind.
The Energy Saving Trust estimates that our homes produce more than twice the carbon emissions of our cars each year. So, while you are maybe thinking of exchanging your car for a more efficient, cost effective alternative, you could also be thinking about the energy efficiency of your home.
This can improve the quality of your life, reduce your household bills, reduce your carbon emissions, and even make you money, either directly by generating your own electricity and selling it back to the power companies, or indirectly through an increase in your home’s re-sale value.