1. Energy in buildings
There are many ways to reduce your building's emissions and running costs. Look at your heating, but also energy used by other equipment and lighting. Consider the energy efficiency of your building, including:
How it is heated, powered, and lit? Look at everything from boilers and hot water systems, lighting and appliances.
How do you operate and run your building? Consider how things are controlled so they are not on unnecessarily or set to the wrong temperature.
How well is the building insulated and keeping in the heat? Consider bigger projects like loft and wall insulation, as well as easy jobs like draught proofing.
How regularly is high energy using equipment maintained? Big energy users (e.g. boilers, refrigeration systems, air conditioning) can operate at their most efficient when well maintained.
When planning a refurbishment or new build project make sure you choose the most energy efficient options available and consider what materials are being used. It can be more expensive at the start but it can save money in the long run.