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CIPHE unveils home energy-saving paper

A document to help householders save energy in the home has been produced by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).
CIPHE unveils home energy-saving paper
The CIPHE paper, entitled 'Taking Control of Carbon', is designed to help householders cut both carbon emissions and hot water and heating bills.

The document, published on Monday, June 29, points out that heating and hot water account for 84% of energy use in the average home. However, 80% of homes do not have basic heating controls, 12.5 million homes have boilers which do not switch off, 8.5 million homes do not have a room thermostat, and 30% of condensing boilers do not have room thermostats.

If homes were more energy efficient, householders could save up to £300 on their heating and hot water bills, says CIPHE.

Just applying the minimum standard of controls to UK homes would also save more than 2,000 million tonnes of carbon dioxide and more than 600 million tonnes of carbon every year.

The document outlines the significance of control systems which can help householders maximise the efficiency of their heating and hot water systems.

CIPHE points out that energy used at home accounts for more than 25% of total carbon dioxide emissions in the UK.

“The statistics are quite shocking,” said chief executive of CIPHE Blane Judd. “But this picture can be changed, and I’m delighted that this document raises this hugely important issue and puts practical solutions into the public domain.”

“I hope we will see not just industry professionals, but households across the UK respond to the carbon problems that exist and take positive steps to save energy and reduce emissions.”

To view the document click hereTakingControlofCarbon
30 June 2009

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