Thinking greener can both benefit the environment and reduce your energy costs over the long term. At Bricks & Mortar we can advise you on how to live more sustainably in your home.
Action you can take ranges from very small things such as changing your light bulbs (which, to be honest, we imagine you can probably do without our help!) to major installations such as solar panels.
1. Change your light bulbs
2. Fit loft insulation
We strongly recommend that every property has loft insulation. This reduces heat loss through the roof and can save you money on energy bills. Fitting loft insulation costs from £300 and grants may be available from your local authority.
3. Check if you have cavity wall insulation
Properties built between the 1920s and 1990s probably have cavity walls and may not have any insulation. It is worth checking the construction of your walls and whether they are suitable for insulation. A typical property with cavity walls could save up to £140 a year in heating bills just from adding insulation.
4. Upgrade your windows
Elderly, draughty windows are among the prime offenders when it comes to wasting energy. By fitting modern windows, you can reduce your energy bill and improve your EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating at the same time.
5. Renew your boiler and radiators
The Energy Saving Trust estimates that a central heating boiler is responsible for 60% of a household’s energy bills. An older, non-condensing boiler will typically be less than 70% efficient, so replacing it makes environmental as well as financial sense. Depending on your usage, moving to a more efficient condensing boiler could save an average property between £200 and £300 per year.
Another idea is to use Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) and a room thermostat. This will allow the temperature of each room to be set separately. You don’t have to heat an unoccupied guest room, for example, or even a kitchen, which gets quite a lot of heat from the oven.