It’s not so much of an issue at the moment if your home isn’t as energy efficient as it could be because of the warm weather. But when the cold weather comes, do you want to spend your time inside a house that feels too chilly and constantly needs heating up, costing you money?
We doubt that you do and you don’t need to if you take action NOW to improve the current standard of thermal efficiency delivered by your home.
Some won’t have a clue how energy efficient their property is. You can find out from your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – it will be rated from A (very efficient) to G (very inefficient).
If you don’t have an EPC, you can get one organised. You just need to find your nearest accredited Domestic Energy Assessor here. They will visit and do an energy audit of the house to determine its overall energy rating.
Homes with an A-rating, or close to it, tend to have the following energy efficient measures installed:
Double or triple glazed windows and doors
The figure can vary, but on average, inefficient windows and doors can be responsible for up to 25% of heat lost from a home.
If you remove inefficient windows and doors and replace them with double or triple glazed windows and doors, far less heat will be wasted. For a reliable replacement window, look no further than our UPVC Extreme windows as they are A+ rated as standard, and they’re also endorsed by the Energy Saving Trust. By request, they can also be provided Secured by Design, giving you a Police-approved window system.
Once they’re in, your energy bills can be £170 cheaper each year.
It’s not just homes that are energy rated. Modern boilers also have an ErP (Energy related Products Directive) rating so that you can identify how energy efficient they are.
Most are A-rated. Your old boiler won’t come close to that, so it’s definitely worth thinking about buying a replacement boiler, a move that will also reduce the chances of suffering a boiler breakdown.
You will also save a lot of money by changing boilers and opting for an A-rated replacement – the Energy Saving Trust says you can save up to £340 annually.
If it isn’t well-insulated, you can also lose a lot of heat through your roof – again, around 25% of overall heat loss. There’s a cheap solution for that – loft insulation.
Costing as little as £150, insulation can be fitted in your loft, attic or roof space either by yourself or an approved insulation installer. To find an approved insulation installer in your area, visit the National Insulation Association website and just enter your postcode.
When of a good quality, loft insulation can do a great job for 40 years or more.
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