Everyone knows that energy costs money. The more you use the more you will pay, whereas if you can reduce your energy bills you will save money as a result.
Homes can be rated according to how energy efficient they are. This is called the energy efficiency rating and it is shown in a chart that features seven grades from A to G. A is the best rated while G is the worst. If your home features near the top of the chart it means you live in a very energy efficient property. However if you are near the bottom it means your home is not very energy efficient at all.
How can you improve your rating?
There are lots of things you can do to make sure your home is more energy efficient than it is at the moment. Some things are major and require a larger investment, but are likely to produce larger energy savings each year as a result. They could also make your home easier to sell in the future. In contrast there are also things you can do that require just a few pounds and a few minutes of your time.
What are some of the easiest and cheapest things to do?
Letterboxes can let in huge draughts if you let them. Make sure you get a brush seal fitted to prevent heat loss in this area. Insulating your hot water pipes is another good step – it doesn’t take long and it won’t cost much, but you’ll prevent heat loss on a continual basis as a result.
Another simple task is to fit energy saving light bulbs in every room. They last far longer than old style bulbs and they are also better for the environment.
What about larger investments?
Double glazing is one of the best things you can do to make your home more energy efficient. New double glazed windows mean less noise pollution, better heat retaining properties inside your home and no gaps around the windows that could lead to heat leaking out. The same applies to getting new double glazed doors. They will be sturdier, better fitting and able to reduce heat loss when they are shut.
Another big step to take is to install a new boiler. A modern condensing boiler will be far more efficient than an old style boiler. You could even get a wood pellet boiler if you have somewhere to store the fuel for it. There are lots of different types of boilers available today and while they are expensive to install, if your existing one is near the end of its life it is worth getting the best you can.
As you can see there are plenty of things you can do to ramp up the energy efficiency rating of your home. Every step you take will be repaid in energy savings on an annual basis. While some measures take longer to pay you back than others, it certainly makes sense to be as energy efficient as you can.