Snugg’s Alphabetical Guide To Retrofit And Energy Efficiency Jargon
Uncover essential energy efficiency terms with Snugg's detailed retrofit glossary.
With Energy Saving Week coming up, Snugg presents an alphabetical guide to retrofit and energy efficiency terms, designed to simplify complex concepts for everyone:
Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)
A device that heats homes and water by absorbing heat from the outside air.
A system that stores electrical energy, typically from renewable sources like solar panels, for later use.
A system that generates heat from burning organic materials like wood pellets.
Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS)
A UK government initiative offering incentives to replace old boilers with more efficient systems.
A certificate representing an emission reduction or removal equivalent to one metric tonne of CO2 equivalent.
The release of CO2 into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels, contributing to global warming.
The total amount of greenhouse gases emitted by our actions.
Cavity Wall Insulation
Insulation material inserted between an exterior and interior wall to prevent heat loss.
Demand Controlled Ventilation
An energy-efficient system adjusting airflow based on occupancy, optimising air quality and energy use.
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ)
A UK government department for energy security and achieving net zero carbon emissions.
Windows with two layers of glass to reduce heat loss and noise.
Stopping airflow around doors and windows to prevent heat loss.
An assessment of a home's energy use and loss, identifying improvements.
Energy Efficiency Installation
Fitting a system to improve a home’s energy efficiency.
Energy Efficiency Rating
Rating on appliances indicating their energy efficiency, from A+++ to G.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Lighting solutions like LED bulbs that use less electricity.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Document showing the energy efficiency of a property, rated from A to G.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings
Reflects a property's energy efficiency and carbon emissions, A to G.
Energy Savings Trust (EST)
Advice and support for UK homeowners to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
An international standard for energy-efficient consumer products.
A plan determining the pricing of gas and electricity.
External Wall Insulation
Insulation applied outside a building to improve thermal performance and reduce heat loss.
Building design approach prioritising building fabric improvement for energy efficiency.
Feed-in Tariff (FIT)
A UK scheme that paid homeowners for low-carbon energy generation, closed in 2019.
Flat Roof Insulation
Insulation for flat roofs to reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency.
Insulation under the floor surface to reduce heat loss, especially in older properties.
Financial assistance for energy efficiency improvements in homes and businesses.
Great British Insulation Scheme
UK program for funding home insulation improvements.
A former UK initiative for funding home energy-saving improvements.
Investments and loans for environmentally positive projects and technologies.
Green Heating Products
Heating solutions using renewable energy sources for efficiency.
Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP)
Uses buried pipes to extract ground heat for home heating.
Transfer of heat from inside to outside a building, leading to higher energy consumption.
A device transferring heat from air, ground, or water to heat a home.
Evaluation of a home's energy use to identify efficiency improvements.
Home Energy Plan
A detailed strategy to improve a home's energy efficiency.
Home Energy Scotland (HES)
Scottish program offering advice for home energy efficiency.
Home Energy Storage
Systems storing energy from renewable sources at home for later use.
Internal Wall Insulation
Insulation applied to internal surfaces of external walls for thermal performance.
Unit of energy for measuring electricity usage.
A measure of thermal conductivity; lower values indicate better insulation.
Energy-efficient and long-lasting light-emitting diodes.
Retrofit in the UK improving a building's heat retention.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) Glazing
Glazing reducing heat loss through windows.
Certification under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)
UK quality assurance scheme for renewable technology installations.
A fossil fuel used for heating and electricity generation.
Balance between greenhouse gas emissions produced and removed from the atmosphere.
A highly energy-efficient home relying on sunlight and ventilation for temperature control.
Heating method delivering heat directly from a surface.
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
UK financial incentives for using renewable heat technologies.
Upgrading older systems with new technology for energy efficiency.
Resistance to heat flow measure; higher values mean better insulation.
SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure)
UK's home energy and environmental performance assessment methodology.
Meter recording electricity and gas use in real-time.
Device controlling home temperature remotely, learning user habits.
Devices converting light into electricity, often used on rooftops.
Solid Floor Insulation
Insulation for solid floors to reduce heat loss and improve comfort.
Solid Wall Insulation
Insulation for solid walls to improve thermal performance and reduce heat loss.
Standard Gas Boiler
A common boiler type used for central heating and hot water.
Energy used by devices when not in active use but plugged in.
Suspended Floor Insulation
Insulation for floors with a void beneath, like wooden floorboards.
Weak points in insulation where heat escapes more easily.
Infrared cameras visualising heat loss in a building.
Windows with three layers of glass for better insulation and soundproofing.
A UK scheme certifying tradespeople in the home improvement sector.
Heating system beneath the floor for even, efficient warmth.
Indicates how well a material keeps heat inside; lower values mean better insulation.
Watt (W) and Kilowatt (kW)
Measures the rate of energy transfer; 1 kilowatt = 1,000 watts.
Promise by installers to meet a certain standard and rectify issues
This guide aims to equip you with knowledge for making informed decisions and contributing to a sustainable future. Snugg supports you in your energy efficiency journey, helping you to embrace these concepts for amore energy-efficient lifestyle.
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