You can afford to get away with having an inefficient home right now because of the warm weather, but you will come to regret not insulating your living space if it feels cold inside as soon as outdoor temperatures start to drop.
It won’t be too long until autumn arrives, closely followed by winter, and as a double whammy, having an inefficient home will also see your energy bills soar.
To avoid this scenario, see what the current energy efficiency rating of your home is, which you’ll be able to find if you have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – it will be rated from A (very efficient) to G (very inefficient).
An EPC is compulsory to sell or rent a property. If you don’t have a copy or you cannot locate your EPC, you need to get an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor to visit your house and conduct an energy audit of it so that they can issue a certificate. This can be arranged here.
If it has a poor energy efficiency rating, it can be quickly improved with the implementation of these energy efficient measures:
Install double or triple glazed windows and doors
Thermal imaging has shown that inefficient windows and doors can be responsible for about 25% of the heat lost from homes.
You can reduce heat loss to a fraction of that figure by installing double or triple glazed windows and doors. One of the most energy efficient replacement windows available are our UPVC Extreme windows. A+ rated as standard, they are one of the few window systems in the country to have been approved by the Energy Saving Trust and be Secured by Design.
Draughts will be gone and you will make an average annual saving of £170 on your energy bills.
Invest in an eco-friendly boiler
Very much like windows, doors and white goods, modern boilers have an energy rating, or ErP (Energy related Products Directive) rating, so that you can identify the level of thermal performance they provide.
Most contemporary boilers are A-rated and run far more efficiently than traditional boilers. They’re also less prone to breaking down, though they should still be regularly serviced.
Changing your existing boiler for an A-rated boiler will help you make a massive yearly saving – £340, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Fit insulation in your loft
Heat can freely escape through roofs too, as much as 25% of it when a roof is uninsulated.
Adding loft insulation in your loft, attic or roof space will restrict heat loss, and it doesn’t cost much to install (as little as £150). If you know what you’re doing, save money and install it yourself, or go in search of your nearest approved insulation installer on the National Insulation Association.
Really good loft insulation can perform well for at least 40 years and it will pay for itself many times over.
If energy efficient windows and doors are a major priority for this winter, organise for a FREE no obligation quote from Styleglaze to be delivered to you.
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