Energy saving home improvements
When moving in, it's more important than ever to think about energy-saving measures. That's why we've put together our top recommendations for eco-friendly home improvements for your new home. Here’s our list of top improvements to consider.
A quarter of heat is lost through the roof in an uninsulated building, and up to 35% through the walls, so this can quickly become an expensive problem.
Did you know loft insulation could save you up to £395 a year? For an average detached property, the cost of the insulation is roughly £290, so it could pay for itself in a couple years (potentially even more if your new house is an older build). Of course, the numbers will vary according to what type of property you have, but insulating your loft is always a winner.
A long term upgrade, albeit with a heftier cost, is double glazing. Despite the initial investment, it's a game-changer in reducing bills, enhancing warmth, and offering soundproofing. Plus, it's a great way of adding value to your new property.
Upgrades in the home
An inefficiently working boiler can add thousands to your bills and account for up to 60% of your home’s carbon emissions. Replacing it with a modern, super-efficient boiler is going to be a win for your bills and the planet. Uninsulated walls can really let heat slip away. Have you moved to a chillier house? Consider cavity wall insulation. Depending on the number of exterior walls, it might cost just a few hundred pounds to install. Plus, it can boost your home's EPC score.
Found your forever home and thinking long term? Consider giving solar panels a thought. While the payback in terms of utility bill savings may be slower compared to some of our other suggestions, they're an outstanding zero-carbon eco-choice. And good news – we've partnered with MakeMyHouseGreen to simplify the whole process for you!'
Little changes that can make a big difference:
Draught excluders are a quick and easy way to keep the heat in
Stick on insulation is also cheap and effective
Thicker curtains can help prevent heat escaping
It’s also worth considering smart appliances to reduce energy.
EV charging - adding a charging point to the home can increase its value by £11,000
Rotary airer or washing line
Insulating foil behind radiators
Turning your thermostat from 22°C to 21°C could save £145 and 295kg CO₂ annually
Install outdoor lighting with a built in PIR sensor as not only will your customers save electricity, but it will also make their property more secure
New energy efficient lightbulbs
Top tip: Looking to save on energy bills? Consider switching energy suppliers using comparison sites that spotlight eco-friendly options. Don’t forget:
A smart meter is a great tool to watch your energy in real-time
Reduce water consumption by using waterbutts to harvest the rain or switch to a energy saving showerhead
Take a look through our energy efficient home, designed to show you some of the ways that could help to make your house more energy efficient.