The UK needs to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, with a third of those emissions coming from heating draughty buildings. However, according to a recent report to Parliament, 25 million existing homes will not meet the insulation standards required. And there are currently no workable plans in place to tackle this problem.
At present, homeowners are left with the responsibility of ploughing vast sums of money to make energy-saving improvements to their properties. And, with any return on investment likely to be years off, this is something that they have been reluctant to do. So it’s no wonder that the Green Deal failed.
In response, the Green Building Council report recommends that government policy should be based on a range of key principles, including:
- Setting staged targets for refurbishing buildings
- Reintroducing the “zero-carbon” standard for buildings from 2020
- Recognising energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority
- Setting long-term trajectories for ratcheting up home energy standards
- Obliging commercial buildings to display the amount of energy they use.
While we wait for a response, when it comes to practical measures at an individual level, the government continues its focus on bringing down bills through fuel switching. But with minimum savings to be had, this approach is unlikely to help those householders seeking to make everyday changes.
Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs)
According to the Energy Saving Trust – in addition to insulation – heating systems should be the priority for anyone looking to make cost and carbon cuts. Keeping rooms at the required temperature, one way to do this is by fitting TRVs.
With turning the thermostat down by at least 1ºC likely to reduce annual bills by up to 10%, it’s no wonder that the Westherm 5 TRV is one of our best selling products ever!
Unfortunately, however, while many homes are fitted with TRVs, all too often they are turned up as high as they will go, leading to overly hot rooms and wasted energy. But with plumbers playing a vital role in advising consumers on which products to buy – and how to use them – installers across the UK are stepping up and helping homeowners to reduce their impact on the environment and their energy bills.
For example, improving both comfort and energy efficiency, with proper use, TRVs can be used to introduce zone control measures, with rooms that are used often set to a higher temperature to beat the chill, and rooms that are unused kept to a minimum heat (or even switched off).
While, of course, a lot more needs to be done when it comes to insulating homes and meeting energy targets, fitting TRVs is a step in the right direction. And one that can be made without any fuss or disruption.
For more information on the Westherm 5 TRV, speak to your local area sales manager today.