According to a new report released by Smart Energy GB, a fundamental piece of the puzzle has been squeezed out of the picture. Amid the media maelstrom over the future of the planet, swirling with reports of melting glaciers, children marching with heartbreaking “no planet B” placards, and whizzy carbon-capture technologies; less than 3% of media coverage and social media discussions on the climate crisis over the past two years have mentioned energy efficiency, says the report. And yet there are 29m homes in the UK, with 1.5m more in the pipeline. “Government stats for 2018 put the residential sector’s emissions at 18% of total UK CO2, so a very significant contributor and opportunity for reduction,” says Tom Heel, business development director at Oxford’s Low Carbon Hub – a social enterprise tackling energy usage at a community level. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that if all UK households improved energy efficiency, including getting a smart meter, this could save up to 54m tonnes of carbon dioxide – 11% of the UK’s 2050 target.
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