Before you begin your retrofit journey, it’s vital to understand where you’re starting from. This means you can evaluate, accurately, the difference any works have made.
Look at your goals. What is motivating you to get this work done? The answer should guide your baselining activity.
For instance, if your priority is to increase comfort or improve health then you might want to monitor temperature and humidity readings.
Maybe your goal is to reduce energy bills and emissions. If so, then make sure you baseline your gas and electricity usage and bills.
And if your motivation is to make your home more attractive, cosier or to breathe life into neglected rooms, then record how you and your household feel about your home now and compare this to how you feel at the end of your project.
Helen Grimshaw is People Powered Retrofit’s retrofit evaluation expert. She has advised on more than 25 retrofit projects across Greater Manchester in the past five years. Here are her ideas on measuring energy usage ahead of your retrofit start date.
Get a handle on your energy usage early on rather than just before your retrofit works start. This helps to build a more accurate picture of your habits across a number of seasons. A year’s data (or more) will be incredibly valuable. If you’ve not been in the property long, then some data is better than none.
All this information will be really valuable to compare with post-retrofit data and see the difference in how your home is performing.
Before Dom retrofitted his home, he has been monitoring its energy performance and temperature for quite a while. This enabled him to measure improvements once the works had been done.
* It’s worth noting that when Dom McCann retrofitted his home, Feed-in Tariff (FIT) rates were very generous. This helped to increase payments for the renewable energy he produced and boosted his energy savings.
Next: Building a team