Friday 23rd May, 2014
Gas and electricity prices are constantly rising, so it is no surprise that many people are turning to long term solutions to make their homes more energy efficient. Just a few home improvements can make a big difference in the overall efficiency of the property, and save you money over time.
Here are a few tips on how to make your home as energy friendly as possible.
1. Install solar panels
You just need to have a south facing roof which is out of the shade between 10am and 4pm each day. Solar panels can even make you money, if you sign up for a ‘feed-in tariff’ with your local energy provider.
2. Insulate, insulate, insulate
Heat wants to escape and it will find every crack, gap and opening in your house, every time. Install solid wall insulation in your home, and make sure your window frames and door frames are properly sealed, to minimise heat loss throughout your property.
3. Make the most of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund
Homeowners in England and Wales have access to this new government fund which offers up to £7600 cashback to anyone who is taking action to make their home more energy efficient. This includes:
• Up to £1000 to install two energy saving measures from an approved list.
• Up to £6000 to install wall insulation
• Up to £100 for having a Green Deal Assessment carried out on your property.
• Up to £500 in cashback for anyone new homeowners who have carried out energy efficiency improvements.
4. Switch to energy saving lightbulbs
There are a huge range of energy efficient lightbulbs on the market today, including the award winning Plumen design. Yes, they cost a bit more than regular halogen bulbs and yes, they take a bit longer to light up properly, but they last longer, use less electricity and will 100% save you money in the long run.
5. Create a sun trap
conservatories and glass roofs create a natural sun trap, grabbing heat and holding on to it even after the sun goes down. Make the most of this free heat by turning your conservatory into a dining area, or growing your favourite tropical plants.