Reducing the energy we use at home is a big part of improving our carbon footprint and increasing our resilience. We all know that if we improved the thermal efficiency of our homes we’d be warmer and happier, and we’d save money. So why hasn’t everybody already done it?
Knowing where to start is hard. What do I prioritise? How much will it cost? What can be done without major upheaval? Who can I trust to give me impartial advice? And so we do nothing, or very little.
To try and break this impasse, we are starting a new project, and setting up a team of volunteer Home Energy Surveyors. They will be trained to visit homes and offer tailored advice covering measures that could be taken: to improve insulation and draught-proofing; options for heating systems and renewables; appliances and consumer electronics; grants and other incentive schemes.
The training is free, in return they will undertake to carry out at least 12 home surveys in the first 12 months. If you would be interested in joining the team, see the Energy Surveyor Project Summary.
We’ll post more details soon of how you can arrange for someone to visit and survey your home.