At the heart of the Carbon Impact Tool’s effectiveness is its ability to integrate data from over 50 distinct parameters, drawing from various reputable sources. These include customer data, Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), authoritative sources like Ofgem, solar data from PVGIS Europa, and custom-built predictive models. This wealth of data ensures that the tool provides a holistic view of the environmental impact of home improvements.
The tool meticulously models energy demands, taking into account factors such as water heating, electrical appliances, and home heating. It goes further by considering losses from walls, floors, roofs, drafts, and thermal bridges. Notably, it also factors in local energy generation, like solar panel outputs, while considering variables such as self-use, battery storage capacity, and energy export.
The Carbon Impact Tool calculates both the savings in carbon emissions and cost implications for various fuel types. Users can explore how different home modifications, including insulation, heating system upgrades, energy-efficient glazing, solar panels, solar thermal systems, ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, and biomass heating systems, impact their environmental footprint and financial savings.
By providing clear insights into the environmental and financial impact of home improvements, the Carbon Impact Tool empowers individuals and organizations to make informed decisions aligned with sustainability goals. It bridges the gap between intent and action, helping users take meaningful steps toward a greener future.
Data from the tool can be aggregated regionally, enabling organizations and policymakers to identify areas where sustainability efforts are making the most significant impact. This knowledge informs future decision-making and policy development, fostering sustainable practices at a broader scale.
The Carbon Impact Tool represents a significant stride toward environmental stewardship. By quantifying the environmental impact of home improvements, it guides us toward more sustainable choices, promoting a greener, healthier planet for generations to come. Together, we are making the world a better place, one eco-conscious decision at a time.