At this time of the year, your mind is probably more focused on your holidays than the energy efficiency of your home, but winter will fast creep on us and it must be prepared for it.
In anticipation of its arrival, you need to be sure that it’s well-insulated so that you know the cold will be kept out of your house when winter comes and your energy bills won’t be silly expensive.
If you have an Energy Performance Certificate, which you should do as it’s needed to sell or rent out a house, it will inform you of how energy efficient your property is – UK properties are energy rated from A (very efficient) to G (very inefficient).
No EPC? Arrange for an accredited EPC assessor to do an energy audit of your house so that an EPC can be supplied for it. Click here to find your local EPC assessor.
To benefit from a more energy efficient dwelling, make the following upgrades:
Install double or triple glazed windows and doors
The inefficiency of your current windows and doors could be why you’re losing so much heat from your home – they can be responsible for up to 25% of heat loss.
They should be replaced with double or triple glazed windows and doors to permanently restrict heat loss and warm up your living space. UPVC Extreme windows from Mitchell Glass would be a fine window replacement as they are A+ energy rated as standard and satisfy secure standards set out by the Police, having received the Secured by Design accreditation.
A yearly saving of £170 is up for grabs, solely by changing your windows and doors.
Fit an eco-friendly boiler
Modern boilers each have an ErP (Energy related Products Directive) rating which helps you identify the standard of thermal efficiency provided by them – an A-rating is nowadays the norm.
If your boiler is pretty old, it’s ErP will likely be unimpressive. Old boilers are also susceptible to breaking down, and you don’t want that in the middle of a cold snap!
It can seem costly buying an A-rated boiler, but you need to take a long-term perspective and think of the extent of the savings you will make. The Energy Saving Trust estimates it will save you £340 a year.
Get loft insulation put in
25% of heat lost from an uninsulated home can escape through a roof. Reduce this figure by having loft insulation added to your loft, attic or roof space.
It’s one of the most cost-effective measures you can take and if you know how to go about doing it, you can install loft insulation without any outside help. There are approved insulation installers on the National Insulation Association website though if you need one.
There are many examples of loft insulation lasting for 40 or so years, making it fantastic value for money.
You can buy now and pay in 2021 at Mitchell Glass if you need new windows and doors but aren’t currently in a position to pay them off in full right now.
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