Energy efficient homes and retrofit

What is retrofit?

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Energy use in homes across Kingston accounts for roughly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions across the borough, which is why it’s so important that steps are taken to improve their energy efficiency where possible, as quickly as possible.

'Retrofit' is the process of upgrading a building by making changes that reduce energy use. It also reduces a building's carbon footprint.

Retrofit allows you to reduce fuel bills, carbon emissions, and make your home more comfortable in both winter and summer.

Energy efficiency measures could include added insulation and double or triple-glazed windows. Other retrofit examples include heat pumps and solar panels.

Older homes are often draughty, with high energy costs in the winter months. This can be expensive whilst also having a big impact on the climate as we burn fossil fuels to heat our homes.

Retrofitting existing homes has many benefits:

  • Warm in winter. Draught-proof homes that keep the heat in.
  • Cool in summer. Well insulated homes that keep the heat out.
  • Saving money & ‘free for life energy’. Renewable energy means a reduction in monthly energy costs.
  • Better for the environment. Homes that use less energy produce fewer emissions and help tackle climate change.
  • Property value. Home improvements will increase how much your property is worth. This is because future buyers will have lower running costs and a cosy home.
  • Home upgrade. Retrofits will improve the quality of your home, making it a modern and comfortable place to live.
  • Healthy Homes. Homes that are healthier to live in.

Last Modified: 31/01/2024 14:59:29