Nowadays one of the major things people think about when looking for a home is how energy efficient it is. With rising energy bills as well as increasing pressure from governments to cut our energy usage, ensuring your home is as eco-friendly as possible is a priority for new property owners. To help out home owners, we’ve put together a list of things you can do to your property to make it more energy efficient, saving you both money and electricity as well as adding value to your property.
- Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are one of the main ways in which heat energy escapes your home. To reduce the energy leakage, make sure that your windows are double glazed. An initial cost, this will pay off in the long term and will not only save you money on your heating bills but also add value to your property. If you really want to save energy you can take it a step further and triple glaze your windows.
- Re-do Your insulation
Similar to windows, if you haven’t upgraded your insulation in a while, a lot of heat will be escaping your home via your loft. Heat rises, so if your insulation isn’t working properly then a lot of heat will be escaping through your roof. If your property is older and the insulation has not been replaced within the last 20 years, then it is more than likely that it will be draining energy from your home.
- Install Eco-Friendly Radiators
As the main consumer of energy throughout the winter months, installing energy efficient radiators can have an immediate impact on your energy consumption. Aluminium radiators are known for their eco-friendly properties, warming quickly and retaining this heat efficiently, using less energy. Trade Radiators have a superb selection of Aluminium radiators which are currently on sale.
- Install Solar Panels
Solar panels are a great way to cut your energy usage and save money on your heating bills in the long run. Like upgrading your insulation or windows, solar panels are an initial expense but will save you money instantly on your heating bills as well as add value to your home. There is also a number of government schemes available for those interested in getting solar panels.
- Use Energy Saving Appliances
Using up to 50% less energy than regular appliances, replacing your fridge, television, washing machine and other appliances which use high levels of energy with products which have been certified with an energy star rating will save you money instantly. Available in all major home stores, if you need to upgrade an appliance do it to an energy saving one.
- Perform an Energy Audit
If you have all of the above but still feel like your home could be more energy efficient, it is worth getting a trained professional to carry out an energy audit of your home to analyse areas in which you could improve on. This is a great opportunity to give your home an energy health check and provide you with a more detailed look of areas where you could be potentially losing energy and money.