How to make your home more energy efficient

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How to make your home more energy efficient

With the rising energy costs affecting households across the country, looking into options to make your home more energy efficient is becoming increasingly popular.

Here, we talk about a few things that you can do…..

How energy efficient is my home currently?

The first step is to look at how energy efficient your home is currently. A lot of properties already have a valid EPC logged on the central register so it’s worth checking to see if there is one for your property.

EPC’s are valid for 10 years but if you have made improvements since the certificate was issued then this may not be accurate so bear this in mind. You can source an Energy Performance Certificate from a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor or you can opt for a ‘DIY’ version taking into account the type of insulation you have in your property, the age and efficiency of the boiler, the types of lighting/bulbs that are installed in your property and also the type of glazing and draught-proofing.

Improvements you can make to your property

Insulation – If your home is currently not fully insulated then it may be worth obtaining quotes to ensure that your walls, floors and roof/loft is fully insulated as this will improve your home’s energy efficiency. Ensuring that the roof/loft is insulated is one of the most cost effective ways to do this.

Windows/Doors – Double glazing and triple glazing are two of the best options if your windows and doors are in need of upgrading. This will ensure your home is warmer and quieter! Not all properties are suitable for double/triple glazing installations but there is always the option for secondary glazing which is most popular with listed buildings and homes in conservation areas.

Draught Proofing – Do you have any draughty rooms in your home? This will ultimately reduce the effect of the warmth created by your heating system, meaning higher bills and a colder property! It is essential that there is ventilation in a property as this prevents damp and condensation but there are still ways to ensure there are no draughty areas in the property. Make sure seals around doors and windows are intact and don’t forget those keyholes and letter boxes as you will be surprised how much of a draught these can create!

Light Fittings – Are you using efficient LED bulbs in your light fittings? If not, this is an easy problem to remedy. Don’t forget your external and oven lights too!

 Hot Water Cylinder – Does your home have a hot water cylinder? Is it insulated? A lot of heat is lost via a water tank and pipes so ensuring these are insulated is key.