Decarbonising our homes is the next step

The next step to addressing climate change and the energy crisis is to encourage and enable retrofit skills across the Isle of Wight, giving professionals the tools to make every home environmentally respectful and efficient.

Insulating for retrofit

Training for local trade professionals

The Isle of Wight College have partnered with ... to offer local trade professionals the opportunity to up-skill their staff and equip them with the latest reftro-fitting techniques, as well as up to date regulations, guidelines and government support on offer. For example - did you know that for certain solutions, you can charge the client only 5% VAT for works?

To spread the news, the Isle of Wight College will be offering FREE workshops to introduce local trade professionals to the concept of retrofitting and what support we will be able to offer in ways of training.

To sign up for these FREE sessions, please click here to book your space through Eventbrite.

The Energy Hierarchy

The first step towards decarbonising homes is energy conservation. To ensure that homes are built or retrofitted to reduce the need for energy. This can be done by looking at how the home is used and any appliances within it. Examples include:

  • closing curtains to retain heat
  • using the heating controls efficiently
  • running the washing machine on a low temperature

The next step is installing types of energy efficiency measures. This may include retrofitting such as:

  • Insulation
  • Energy efficient boilers
  • Replacing dated lighting with LED lighting

The final step in the energy hierarchy is installing renewable energy measures. By following steps one and two we should be able to reduce the amount of energy needed, in turn making renewable energy more viable. Examples of this may include:

  • Solar panels
  • Biomass
  • Wind power
The Energy Hierachy 1

Get in touch to find out more

Perhaps you're an employer, an island resident or a local councillor. Whoever you are, we'd love to hear your thoughts to enable us to build a skills project which suits and benefits the whole Island community.