16 Jun How can I make my home more energy-efficient?
Buildings in the UK are among the least efficient in the world, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Millions of homes do not have full double-glazing. More than half do not have enough insulation or an efficient condensing boiler. Most do not even have proper heating controls.
There’s no need to panic, though. There are a myriad of ways in which you can make your home more energy-efficient.
Change your boiler:
Did you know you could save you up to £300 each year just by changing your boiler? Or installing one in the first place? Electricity-heated homes cost a lot more than gas-heated ones. If it’s gas, a condensing boiler, with an A-rating, is the most efficient. If you can’t afford to change the boiler look at the controls, even updating them could make a difference.
Keep the heat in:
If you have a hot water tank put a jacket around it to save £20 to £30 a year. The same goes for the pipes.
Ever opened the hatch to the attic? It’s several degrees colder in there, and since heat rises, that’s where it goes too. Loft insulation could put a stop to it. Insulation for cavity walls and solid walls will also save on heating bills.
As will installing double-glazing, up to £120 worth of saving. That’s especially so if you team them up with some heavy lined curtains. If you can’t afford to double glaze, even investing £20 in DIY draught proofing, such as sticky foam strips, or a sausage-dog shaped draught excluder, will make a difference.
Fix that leaky tap:
It may not seem much, but over a year you could be talking many litres of lost water. Check your bulbs; are they energy-efficient? What about the washing machine and dishwasher? If it’s time to upgrade, think about spending a little extra on getting an A rated appliance as opposed to one rated D. If not, set your washing machine to 30 degrees and your dishwasher to a lower heat to make them more energy-efficient.
If you’re really keen, investigate putting solar panels on the roof to create your own energy. They could provide a good proportion of your hot water.
It’s the scourge of the modern age. A lot of appliances, particularly TVs, are automatically left on stand-by when you switch them off. This means that they are still using electricity! It’s not a lot individually, but put all of them together, the TV, the stereo, the printer… and you’re talking up to around £100 a year on your bill. The same goes for mobile phone chargers. Switch appliances off at the wall when you’re not using them.
At Place we can advise on all sorts of things to do with your home. Call us on 01494 873663 if you’re thinking of buying a house in Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles, Gerrards Cross, Rickmansworth or Beaconsfield. We’d be happy to help.