Energy efficiency within the home is aimed at achieving the required level of comfort at least cost to the householder while minimising damage to the environment. Every time we switch on a light, cook a meal or turn up the thermostat we use energy.

Whilst the use of energy within the home is an essential part of daily life, an excessive amount of energy is wasted or lost within many or our homes dwellings because of:

  • Lack of insulation (including insufficient or poorly installed insulation)
  • Inefficient heating and hot water systems
  • Poor ventilation (e.g. gaps around window / door frames)
  • Poor efficiency of electrical appliances (eg. C or D rated applicances)
  • Leaving items on in stand-by mode instead of turning them off (stand-by mode typically uses around 30% electricity)