We all know we should be trying to reduce our carbon footprint but in our day-to-day life, it seems difficult.

Heating our homes is one of the major outlets of carbon emissions and we need to find ways to reduce that and think of alternative ways to keep our houses warm.

Obviously we could just wear more jumpers in the winter but that’s not very comfortable or realistic. We need to look at ways of heating our homes effectively without first reaching to nudge up the thermostat…it could save you money too.

A report recently out from The Policy Exchange, an independent think tank, makes for interesting reading.

Called Too Hot to Handle? How to decarbonise domestic heating, the report considers how we should heat our homes in the future if the UK is to meet its carbon targets in an affordable manner.

The UK has set ambitious goals under the Climate Change Act to achieve an 80 per cent reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, compared to 1990 levels.

The report states that a total of £32 billion a year is spent in the UK heating homes and other buildings, accounting for nearly half of all energy consumed and one third of total greenhouse gas emissions.

The Policy Exchange claims the Government needs a new heat strategy as the current one is unrealistic. The present plan is that by 2050 domestic heating will be provided mainly by electric heat pumps, with gas almost entirely phased out.

But The Policy Exchange analysis claims this is very difficult and expensive to achieve.

Among its recommendations, the think tank suggests that insulation of the existing housing stock is the cheapest way of reducing carbon emissions and is one of the ways forward.

At Smart Energy Services, we can help you improve the energy efficiency in your home as this is one of the most cost-effective routes to decarbonise heat and also helps to reduce fuel poverty.

Both loft and cavity wall insulation are cheap and relatively straightforward to install. Draught proofing or increasing the airtightness of a home can also achieve good improvements for a reasonable costs.

Making significant savings can require solid wall insulation in older properties which is more expensive and does cause disruption to the home but is still worth looking into.

If you would like to talk through how we can help reduce the carbon footprint of your home, please get in touch by calling 07410 549781 or email info@smart-energy-services.co.uk