Why save energy in your home?
Using energy efficiently in the home is important for a number of reasons;
1. Our natural resources of coal, oil and gas are dwindling,
2. Reducing energy use, reduces the emission of greenhouse gasses which are responsible for climate change
3. It reduces fuel bills,
4. It gives us warmer homes.
In the UK, nearly 30% of the energy supplied is used in our homes, mostly for space and water heating. This produces over a quarter of the UK’s output of harmful carbon dioxide gas (NEA 2004).
What is the Council doing?
The Government has set itself a target of reducing UK carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent of 1990 levels by 2010 (Energy Saving Trust 2004). Worthing Borough Council is working within the context of the Home Energy Conservation Act to cut the carbon dioxide emissions from household energy consumption in the Borough.
The Council has committed to improving the energy efficiency of homes in Worthing by;
· Financing a grant scheme to provide free loft and cavity wall insulation to people over 60 with the state pension as their main source of income. For further details please visit our Energy efficiency grants page
· Working with other Councils in West Sussex to operate a mobile Energy Efficiency Advice Centre
· Implementing a fuel poverty strategy, download Fuel Poverty Strategy.
· Working with West Sussex Energy Efficiency Advice Centre to provide residents with advice on energy efficiency and other grant schemes available in the area.
What can you do?
The most efficient and cost effective ways to save energy and money in your home are by insulating the loft and cavity walls and draught proofing your property.