Before

The house is a 1930s end of terrace with solid brick walls. It has an extension to the rear built around 1990.

It was draughty, got very cold in winter as soon as the heating went off, and was expensive to run. Cold walls meant condensation and unhealthy mould. We bought it in October 2012.

The typical emissions for an old house like this are about 5 tonnes of carbon dioxide pollution a year, many times what could be considered sustainable.

So where is all that energy going?

Inglehome energy use.  As we have a better understanding of £1 than 1kWh, or kg/CO2, I've used £currency as the units.
Inglehome energy use.
As we have a better understanding of £1 than 1kWh, or kg/CO2, I’ve used £ currency as the units.

So, we don’t need to worry too much about the energy for cooking; but we really need to deal with the heat loss.

The heat losses for an old house look something like this:

before graphic +
You can see how dramatically this energy use changes in the results graphs.