What is retrofit?

More and more people are talking about it, but what exactly is retrofit?

A row of houses. Behind them is a tall green hill

Unless your home is very new, it’s likely to have been built at a time when little attention was given to energy efficiency. As a result, you might find that your property is difficult to heat in winter, so your energy bills are high.

Nowadays, more and more people are making home improvements to lower energy consumption. For instance, you might insulate your loft, or upgrade your double-glazed windows to triple glazing.

Actions like these are examples of retrofitting. Essentially, you’re making changes to your home to increase its energy efficiency, whilst at the same time improving its comfort.

As well as creating a more comfortable place to live, retrofitting plays a vital part in tackling the climate emergency.

Our energy use at home makes up 13% of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions, as this Scottish Government report shows. Most of that energy comes from burning fossil fuels. Consequently, to safeguard the planet for future generations, we need to reduce the amount of energy we use in our homes.

Just as importantly, we also have to change how that energy is generated. That’s why our EcoCosi service focusses on both:

Register your interest in our retrofit service

Register your interest in EcoCosi from Changeworks to find out more about how to retrofit your home and to be sent information about the service.