Is your home energy efficient?
Want to quickly and relatively cheaply add 16% value to the price of your home, and reduce your long-term spend on bills? (according to thisismoney.co.uk)
Of course you do. But it needn’t be as complicated as you might imagine. With some simple solutions and short-term costs you can go green and put more money in your pocket.
Sounds good? Then let’s crack on with our simple steps to auditing your home and making sure it’s energy efficient.
Energy monitors might sound fancy but can cost as little as £25 to give you near-instant feedback on the way electricity is used in your household. Once your set up, experiment with the monitor to see which items and appliances are burning through energy, and then take action to modify their usage and save you money.
The energy saving trust has a handy online tool that allows homeowners to enter a few details about their property and evaluate what savings can be made according to your budget. It’s a great starting point towards an efficient home.
Shine a light
Lighting the average home typically accounts for 10% of your electricity bill, so it’s worth checking your bulbs and considering replacing them with energy-saving incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Even if you only make the switch when bulbs naturally need replacing, you’ll reap the long-term benefits.
Plug the gaps
If you ever hear the wind whistling, doors and windows rattling, or a breeze against your body from inside your house, then it’s likely that your home is literally leaking energy. You can also make major savings by sealing any gaps between floors, windows, doors and skirting boards – often with nothing more required than a cheap tube of sealant or self-adhesive foam strips.
If you have an uninsulated loft, then now’s the time to take action, as heat will always rise and escape through your roof. If you’re already got some level of insulation, then it’s time to pull out the measuring tape and ensure it’s at least the recommended 270mm thick. Doing so could save you up to £240 per year, according to the Energy Saving Trust, recouping the typical installation cost of £395 within two years. Speak to your energy supplier to see if there are any deals or freebies available.
Insulating cavity walls could save you £275 a year on your fuel bill, while adding insulation to solid walls – typically those built before 1919 – will bring bigger savings of approximately £455 each year.
Of course, it is possible to arrange for a professional home energy audit if you want to invest a bit more, but the steps above are a simple entry point towards a green, money-saving property.