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Insulating your home

The media has bombarded us recently with many ecologically friendly means of reducing our household carbon emmissions. These range from photo voltaic cells on the roof to a boiler lagging jacket. Below is a simple table where we rank these according to cost payback period and tonnes of carbon emissions reduced.

 

  Cost Years to recoup cost Kg of carbon saved each year
Hot water tank insulation £14 0.5 53
Loft Insulation (150-200mm) £180 2.2 190
Cavity wall Insualtion £400 2.9 242
Improved heating Controls £147 3.4 77
Draught Proofing windows £100 4.3 43
Micro CHP (combined heat and power ) £1571 6.8 508
Photovoltaic electricity cells on roof £10000 7 1000
Solid Wall Insulation £3150 7.5 694
A Rated Boiler £1500 8.9 177
Ground source Heat pump £4725 12.8 990
Micro Wind Turbine £2363 10.5 263
Photo voltaic electricity cells on roof £9844 46.4 249
Solar Water £2625 54.7 88
Windows Single to double glazed £4000 97.6 26