Because the weather has been relatively warm recently, you can get away with living in a home that offers a low level of thermal efficiency as you won’t feel the cold so much.
But you will definitely start to feel the cold in a poorly insulated house within a couple of months, once temperatures take a tumble, and also see the cost of your energy bills quickly creep up.
You may not have a clue how energy efficient your home is, but you can find out this information if you have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
On the certificate, it will be energy rated from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient).
Anyone without an EPC should make arrangements for an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor to come out to their home here and assess its thermal credentials so that an EPC can be issued. You MUST have this document when selling or renting a home.
You can do many things to improve your home’s current energy efficient rating:
Get double or triple glazing fitted
Energy experts claim that inefficient windows and doors are responsible for around 25% of the heat lost from homes.
The installation of certain double or triple glazed windows will significantly reduce heat loss, such as our UPVC Extreme Windows. This advanced window range has received the approval of the Energy Saving Trust, and has also been given the Secured by Design accreditation in recognition of its secure performance. Our full suite of replacement doors will also hugely restrict heat loss to help you make a potential annual saving of £170 on your energy bills, and bolster your home security.
Fit an eco-friendly boiler
Just like your home, modern-day boilers have an energy rating, or ErP (Energy related Products Directive) rating, to inform you of how energy efficient they are. It’s unusual for a contemporary boiler to have anything less than an A rating.
If your boiler is quite old, not only is it likely to have an underwhelming energy rating, but there’s also a much stronger possibility of it breaking down than a newly bought boiler.
Upgrading your ageing boiler for an A-rated boiler could save you £340 annually, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Have some loft insulation put in
Look up for another solution. Yes, you could be losing around 25% of the heat generated by your boiler through your roof if it’s insufficiently insulated.
You can take on the job of fitting insulation in your loft, attic or roof space if you know how to do it right, or leave it in the hands of an approved insulation installer – go to the National Insulation Association website and put in your postcode to find your nearest installer.
Installing insulation isn’t expensive and if it’s really good insulation, it’s not unknown for it to last 40+ years.
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