There are several retrofit measures you can make to your home to get it ready for a zero carbon future.
Most homes in Islington are heated by gas boilers, which generate high levels of carbon emissions. One of the best zero carbon options is switching to electric-based heating and installing a heat pump. This may be an air source heat pump, which absorbs heat from the outside air to heat your home and hot water, or, if you have space in your garden to install one, a ground source heat pump.
There are many different types of heat pumps that can help to reduce your bills. The Government currently runs the Boiler Upgrade Scheme which provides financial support to people installing heat pumps.
One of the most effective ways to reduce your energy use for heating is to insulate your home. If you want to install a heat pump, it’s also important to make sure your home is well insulated, as heat pumps operate most efficiently with well-insulated buildings:
As well as changing your heating system and insulating in your home, there are a few other measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient:
Knowing where to start on creating a low carbon home can be difficult, as can finding a trustworthy installer.
You can get recommendations for home improvements via the Government energy efficiency website. You'll need to enter some details of the property and the website will help you to find solutions to making your home more energy efficient. You can ask for a report to be sent to you for future.
You can use Ecofurb, an end-to-end retrofit scheme. Their free online Plan Builder contains details of all properties in Islington and recommends measures you can take for your home, as well as providing estimates for costs and savings. Ecofurb also offers residents the opportunity to have a dedicated retrofit coordinator who will help organise the works needed and sort out the installers. You can also get advice on local planning requirements at Islington Planning and Building Control Guidelines.