From this illustration it can be seen
that surprisingly domestic housing is in
the lead of the CO² generator hall of
shame, followed by what most people
would guess to be the main culprit,
Company car tax now penalises the
uneconomic juice guzzlers by taxing on
the cars emissions, and it is the opinion
of the author that it will not be long
before this crosses over to the general
public, with the introduction of energy
ratings on cars.
It is difficult at first to understand why
domestic housing makes it to such a
notorious position at the top of the
culprits tree, but consider this, every
service in your property is creating CO²
in the provision of creature comforts.
All electrical goods in the home
indirectly create CO². Producing this
invisible form of energy generates large
quantity of greenhouse gasses at power
stations, gas central heating creates
CO² which is exhausted through the
boiler flu, even the supply of water uses
energy in the sanitation plant and
water pumping station, and therefore
again creates more greenhouse gasses.
Over and above the greenhouse gasses
that are created during the provision of
the services which we now take for
granted, houses in themselves add to
this environmental problem.
Unfortunately houses are not insulated
to a level that no heat is lost from the
building, although obviously some
domestic dwellings are better than
The image below is taken from infrared
camera, indicating the areas of a
property where heat escapes from the
The scale of the heat loss ranges from
hot white, through red to a cooler
blue, and indicated the areas of
greatest heat loss.
It is clear even to a layperson that the
areas of greatest heat loss are the
fenestration products within the property,
the windows and doors..