May 18, 2024

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A Guide To Making Your Home Energy-Efficient

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

Energy-efficiency has been one of the most popular home ‘trends’ in recent years for homeowners – but it certainly seems like it is here to stay. There are many benefits to making your home energy-efficient. As well as saving the planet, you can also save yourself a lot of money on your energy bills. Energy-efficiency measures can also add extra value to your home, so it’s definitely something worth doing. In the next few decades, your home will need energy-efficiency methods in order to cut down worldwide carbon emissions. Here is the complete guide to making your home energy-efficient!

Insulation 

One of the most effective ways that you can make your home energy-efficient is through insulation methods. This is because insulation traps the heat energy inside your home and stops it from being conducted, meaning you will need less energy to keep your home at a good temperature. There are also many types of insulation that can help, including loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and underfloor insulation – which have all been proven to help cut down energy bills. Just make sure that anyone advising you on insulation methods have the appropriate retrofit qualifications to be able to advise you. 

Add Double Glazing 

Another essential way that you can make your home energy-efficient is through installing double or triple glazing in your windows and doors. Up to 15% of your energy can be lost through the glass features in your homes like windows and doors, especially through gaps in the fittings. However, adding an extra layer of glass through double or triple glazing makes it much harder for heat energy to escape in the home, improving your energy-efficiency. Ensure that any contractors have the right CSCS cards, such as a blue or gold CSCS card, when working on your home.

Add Soft Furnishings

If you don’t have a big budget to make structural home improvements, one cheap way you can make your home more energy-efficient is through soft furnishings. Investing in thick rugs, curtains and blinds can stop energy from escaping the home and overall making the house a bit warmer. This is because these soft furnishings act as another layer of insulation to the home – even though this may not be as effective as structural changes, it can still help to cut down your energy bills and preserve energy inside the house. 

Install Solar Panels

As well as preventing energy from escaping, energy-efficiency also involves supplementing energy use with renewable energy sources such as solar panels. This means that some of the energy you use will be provided through the sun’s energy, cutting down your energy bills and making your life more sustainable. Air source heat pumps and wind energy can also sometimes be used to supplement your energy needs. Just ensure that any contractors have the right construction NVQs to be able to do the job to a high standard, to prevent you having to spend more money in the future. 

Making your home energy-efficient has so many benefits – to your wallet, to the planet and to your home. Start the journey today!