68% of the UK’s homes are below the recommended EPC rating of C. By raising the 19 million homes that currently have a D rating up to C, we could decrease the UK’s demand for gas by 20%. The home improvements required to achieve this begin with an accurate evaluation of the home’s existing condition and work required. Homeowners must understand their current energy use and have access to guidance on the changes required to save money, energy, and reduce emissions.
The Home Energy Efficiency Tool was used to create a bespoke software product for B&Q to help its customers calculate the energy efficiency of their homes and plan improvements. The tool creates a unique action plan for each home considering their chosen budget. The most effective home improvements including renewable energy installations are included in the suggestions based on how cost-effective they would be. B&Q then uses the improvements proposed by HEET and matches customers with their relevant products, chosen partners, and installation services. Specific recommendations may include the installation of loft insulation or solar PV panels or replacing an old boiler with a more efficient model. So far, B&Q has used HEET to provide tailored advice to more than 1,600 of its customers.
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