Energy Consumption and Climate Change
Over recent years insulation contractors have been focusing on the energy consumption of new builds. As insulating quality improves it is becoming clear that several properties are most affected by the insulating quality and the energy footprint they create. The common denominator is that most buildings are passive houses. This is not only true for domestic dwellings but also commercial buildings and even industrial plants.
To understand the impact on your energy bills,
it is important to first look at how energy consumption varies throughout different types of buildings. Unfortunately for most people the amount of heat that their homes consume each year is fairly consistent. As seen in the graph below, the variation in energy consumption for a domestic property can be explained by the difference in the amount of heat lost through the roof and the amount of heat that is absorbed through the walls.
If you live in a home that has a high amount of heat loss through the roof
then it is likely that you will consider replacing the roof with an efficient and energy-efficient material such as tile or foam board. The amount of heat lost through the roof can be reduced by improving the ventilation and exteriors of the building. If you have domestic problems with air leaks then you may also want to consider replacing the double panes of glass that are found in modern windows. Many homes today incorporate low EPDM foam and cellulose filling into the flooring of domestic properties to reduce the amount of heat that is absorbed during the winter months.
Insulation contractors have worked hard to create insulation solutions
that are more energy-efficient than traditional cavity wall construction. One of the benefits of using wall insulation is that it can help to prevent heat loss through the structure of a property. A good example of this is wall cavities used to create an exit way to the lower levels of a property or to provide space between buildings to improve the ventilation within the property. In many cases, cavity wall insulation is constructed with double panes of glass that offer the best possible level of insulation.
To keep a property comfortable and to avoid climate change,
we all need to look carefully at our lifestyle. As people become busier, more active, and change their home designs to more compact designs they will all have to make greater sacrifices when it comes to their energy consumption. Even those who make great efforts to reduce their energy consumption through careful renovation and designing will find that in the long run, they may spend a lot more money on their annual energy bills if they do not take climate change seriously. There are plenty of guides and reports available from energy auditors to give you advice about your current level of energy consumption and how you can start making some improvements to improve your home and your finances.
Even if you keep your current energy efficient boiler and central heating system up to scratch,
you may still find that your utility bills are much higher after the winter months. Why should this be the case? The truth is that during the colder months less heat is produced from gas and oil. This is because these fuels are harder to extract and often require expensive processing methods to transform them into usable energy. In addition to this, the production of fuel for both heating and air conditioning requires carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases to be emitted so that the planet can have the same amount of heat and light that it currently has.