Our aim at Gosport Borough Council is to improve Energy Efficiency within homes in the Borough. Inefficient homes waste energy and money, can affect health and need increased maintenance.
Why we need energy efficiency
Energy efficiency is one of several aspects of UK energy policy designed to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Energy use will need to be reduced if the UK is to meet legally binding climate change targets. The UK has a target under the Kyoto Protocol to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5% below 1990 levels by 2012 and under the Climate Change Act 2008 to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
In addition to climate change targets, the Government also has a target to eradicate fuel poverty across England, as far as reasonably practicable, in vulnerable households by 2010 and in all households by 2016. The target originates from the provisions in the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000. A household is defined as in fuel poverty if it needs to spend more than 10% of its income on fuel to maintain satisfactory heating. This is considered to be 21 degrees C for the main living area and 18 degrees C for other occupied rooms during daytime hours. Besides space heating, fuel costs also include spending on energy for water heating, lights and appliances and cooking. Cutting the cost of fuel and/or increasing energy efficiency is therefore necessary if this target is to be met.
Energy efficiency measures, such as improved insulation and double glazing, can cut the cost and use of energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
What is the Council doing to save energy, carbon and providing information on Climate Change? Climate change
For a paper version of any of the information sheets mentioned, please contact Gosport Borough Council, Asset Management Team, Email The Housing Asset Management Team, Telephone 023 9254 5565 or visit the Town Hall.
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