Did you know it is World Environment Day this weekend?
The worldwide national day – which this week falls on Sunday (June 5th) – was started in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly.
And the ethos behind it is a large part of the work I do.
I’m Claus Best, director of Smart Energy Services, and I’m backing World Environment Day.
Whilst retrofitting a house may focus on the customer, creating a more sustainable and comfortable home, the impact on the environment is an undoubtable byproduct of this.
Changing single glazed windows for double glazed windows will meant you don’t need to put your heating on so much. Which will mean less impact on the environment.
Installing a modern and efficient boiler which is supported by solar panels instead of an outdated gas boiler will use a more sustainable source of energy. This means less impact on the environment.
Improving installation in roofs and ceilings of a home will not only mean you don’t need to have the heating on so much, your house will also be more efficient so it doesn’t have to be on for so long or at such a high temperature. This means less impact on the environment.
Making a home airtight means less draft, excluding leakage at important points. This means you don’t feel the cold so much and don’t have to put on the heating so much… which means less impact on the environment.
The environment is undoubtedly improved with the changes I would make to a home during a retrofit project.
Whether it is just a small part of a home or a complete project – the positive environmental action that comes from improving your home is clear.
It is one way to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for yourself and future generations.
The UN uses World Environment Day to make millions of people from across the world aware of their environment and encourage political attention and action.
The group wants to personalise environmental issues and enable everyone to realise not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.
But this doesn’t mean you have to launch a worldwide campaign, fundraise for large scale changes to industry or demonstrate to fight against policies or developments that could harm the environment.
As the UN suggests, personalise it. Start at home. Think about the changes you can make to your own world which can improve the environment in which you live and therefore have a positive impact on the wider world.
You can start with an independent assessment of your home. I will come to your home in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, North Herefordshire, Mid Wales, East Staffordshire, South Cheshire or North Worcestershire to assess the energy efficiency of the building.
I will spend about an hour surveying your property talking to you and looking at the building materials used. I will then produce a detailed report about your home, including recommendations for improvements.
Take the first step to making your world more energy efficient and environmentally friendly this World Environment Day.