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Heating your home

Improving the efficiency of your heating system is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce your fuel bills and your carbon dioxide emissions.

In most households, half the money spent on fuel bills goes on heating and supplying hot water.

If we are to reach the net zero carbon emissions target set by the UK Government, we will need to reduce the carbon emissions from heating our homes by 95% over the next 30 years.

To put this into perspective, the average household generated 2,745kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) from heating in 2017. That’s the same volume of CO2 as filling 18,000 baths.

To reach the 2050 target, we need to reduce this to 138kg per household, which would be the equivalent of driving four times around the M25 motorway.

There are likely to be significant changes ahead to how we heat our homes to meet these targets. But in the meantime, there is a lot you can do right now to make your heating system more energy efficient.

Energy efficiency calculator

The HACKS calculator reviews the current energy set up at your home and provides solutions to make your home more energy efficient. Answer a series of questions about the energy set up at your home to find the best solutions for you.

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Last updated: April 26th, 2021