Retrofit: Doing your bit for the planet
Retrofitting your home will drive down its CO2 emissions, helping to lower your carbon footprint.
To safeguard the planet for future generations, it’s vital that we reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.
In Scotland, the energy we use at home makes up 13% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, retrofitting is one of the most significant contributions we can make to the livelihoods of those who come after us.
Retrofitting reduces carbon emissions in two major ways.
Firstly, insulating our homes means that less heat energy is lost through the building’s fabric. Consequently, we don’t need to run our heating for as long, so we use less energy. In other words, our homes become more energy efficient.
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Secondly, retrofitting reduces our home’s greenhouse gas emissions by installing low carbon technology. Most of the energy we use in our homes comes from burning fossil fuels, which creates carbon dioxide.
By switching to systems which use a renewable source of energy, we burn less and less fossil fuels.
For example, most of the energy needed to run an air source heat pump comes from the air outside. If the electricity for the heat pump comes from a green source, then it will heat our home without producing any carbon emissions.