Wednesday 26 April 2017

Newly renovated houses will be kinder on the climate, on wallets and on homeowners

Building regulations in place today mean that new homes are built to a far higher standard and use less energy than ones built even a
decade ago. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Building regulations in place today mean that new homes are built to a far higher standard and use less energy than ones built even a decade ago. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

One of the biggest challenges in tackling climate change is reducing the amount of energy we consume.

It's not so much about turning off the lights, or unplugging the TV instead of leaving it on standby or even making sure we don't leave the immersion heater on overnight, although all these things help.

Where you get the real savings from the 'average' house is by making it as efficient as possible. That means having an effective and well-maintained boiler or heating system, insulating walls and the attic, using long-life and LED lightbulbs and having, at the very least, double-glazed windows.

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