Friday, March 22, 2013

Ultimate Home Improvements to Boost Energy Efficiency

New Year resolutions are in the air and people are hoping to fulfil their commitments throughout January and beyond. Whether you have decided to give up smoking, improve your health or renovate your house, all are possible if you put your mind to it.

Home improvements are at the top of the list for many people, and although some come at a price, many can be done on a shoestring budget. Whatever your monetary backing, you can be sure to improve your energy efficiency with a little forethought and vision.

Replace your Boiler

As one of the main offenders when it comes to contributing to your energy consumption, replacing an old boiler can be a great way to improve your efficiency as well as your bank balance. Although it can be a pricey outlay, British Gas and other suppliers offer some great initiatives to ensure a new boiler is as affordable as possible.

Whether it’s conventional or combi boilers that take your fancy, shop around and choose the best one for your needs.

Invest in Double Glazing

One of the largest expenditures you can make but definitely a sensible choice in the long run. Double glazing not only saves around £165 a year on your heating bills but also keeps outdoor sound to a minimum – particularly handy if you have noisy neighbours or live near a railway line!

Top Up your Loft Insulation

Incredibly easy to do, and something you can do without outside help, topping up your loft insulation can save £25 a year on your heating bill and is an affordable option.

The recommended depth for loft insulation is 270mm – anything less than that can be easily added to, to provide the best loft insulation for your home.

Check your Walls

Un-insulated homes can be the reason for up to a third of heat loss. Depending on what kind of house you live in, it’s definitely worth checking what insulation you have and what you can do to improve it. Insulated walls can save you up to £400 a year – look into it this New Year.

Small and simple home improvements, such as replacing your bulbs with energy saving alternatives, turning down your thermostat or installing a water meter can all help towards a more energy efficient home and are a worthy investment for the new year and beyond!

1 comment:

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