Making Sure That Your Home Is Energy Efficient

Making Sure That Your Home Is Energy Efficient

It is becoming clearer with each passing year that we each have a responsibility to limit our energy usage. Given that prices are rising and stocks are dwindling we all have to cut back on the energy we use. If you are completing home improvements, why not make them energy efficient improvements?

Looking At Your Home

In the first instance, it would be a good idea to have a look at your home to work out which areas could be improved upon in terms of efficiency. Weak points are often the roof, doors and windows. At these points, heat loss is most likely to occur. There are a number of ways in which this heat loss can be limited, some of which you may have already installed, but they may need to be upgraded to make the most of their efficiency savings. Likewise, metering your water supply and replacing energy wasting appliances can save resources and above all save you money.


Into The Roof

Loft insulation is often one of the best ways of keeping the heat inside your home. It is estimated that as much as 25% of the heat lost in a home goes through the roof, so in effect, you are paying to heat the air above your house! Loft insulation basically consists of installing materials on the floor of your loft to combat this loss. It is recommended that the minimum depth of insulation is 270mm (or about 11 inches in old money), which can cut around  25 each year from your heating bills. If your insulation is not as thick as it could be, it is very straight forward to increase, simply put the required thickness on top of the old insulation and watch the savings roll in!

Checking Out The Windows

If your windows aren’t double glazed, your energy bill is likely to be around  165 higher than it should be. Double glazed PVC windows help to keep the heat in by making it more difficult to escape than a single pane will. Ensuring you have heavy lined curtains fitted can also help keep heat from escaping through the window.

Insulation In The Walls

Whilst more expensive than installing loft insulation, cavity wall insulation can make a massive difference to your heating bill. It is estimated that installing insulation into your cavity walls can save you around 140 per year in your heating bill. Given that the cost of cavity wall insulation will cost around 500 to install, it is thought that within about four years this will pay for itself, whilst reducing your energy consumption from day one.

Other changes that can be made include moving from regular light bulbs to energy saving bulbs, which use far less energy than their old-school equivalents and last many times longer. Similarly installing energy efficient appliances such as A rated fridges and washing machines can save big money on your bills. For the biggest savings, installing double glazing and sufficient insulation is vital.

Monica Haubert has written many articles on a range of home improvement and environmental subjects including the benefits of installing PVC windows. When not writing, he is eagerly awaiting the start of the Ashes series and the glorious months of cricket ahead.

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