If I was to show you a spread sheet with figures explaining extent of heat loss from your poorly insulated home, you would probably quickly get bored, make your excuses and leave (no change there then!!). Even if I was to show you that other people in your neighbourhood were better insulated than you, I doubt that would inspire you any more. These figures could be as detailed as you like, it wouldn't change anything. In fact the more detailed the less interested you (or I for that matter) would be.
You might just prick your ears up if I was to show you actual money you're waisting, but I doubt that would get most of us springing into immediate action down at B & Q. However, take a look at Haringey council's web site and their brilliant Home Heat Loss Map.
It was surveyed one night in March this year by BlueSky International Ltd and is a fantastic way of showing us how we waist electricity because we all know the houses in our area, and I know that if my neighbours identical house was more insulated, more environmentally friendly and most important, subject to lower energy bill, then I would definitely do something about that. Best of all, I don't have to listen to someone like me droning on about the environment and energy saving and dolphins etc. Just a click of the mouse and all the information I need is there.
Brilliant! all I need now is my local council to do the same.
Written and submitted from home