Now is the time to be asking yourself this question as you don’t want to go cold in your home this winter or have to pay out more than you need to on energy bills.
It helps to know how energy efficient your home currently is, but you may have no idea. You can however find out by looking at your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
On this certificate, the energy efficiency of your home will be rated from A (very efficient) to G (very inefficient).
If you don’t have an EPC, you really need one as you won’t be able to sell or rent your property without it. An accredited EPC assessor in your area can be located here just by entering your postcode, who will come and visit to conduct an energy audit of the house, before issuing you with a certificate.
If it turns out your home isn’t very energy efficient, these are some of the steps you can take to improve its energy rating:
Installing double or triple glazed windows and doors
A lot of heat can be lost through inefficient windows and doors – they can be the cause of as much as 25% of overall heat loss.
Replacing them with the latest double or triple glazed windows and doors will make an enormous difference, leaving your living space feeling so much warmer. The UPVC Extreme windows sold by Balhousie are one of Scotland’s best replacement window systems as they have received endorsement from the Energy Saving Trust and are also Secured by Design. Our replacement doors offer impressive insulation too.
This form of window and door upgrade could help you save £170 a year on energy bills.
Fitting an eco-friendly boiler
Like windows and doors, new boilers are also energy rated, with an ErP (Energy related Products Directive) rating displayed on each of them. Most of them achieve an A-rating.
The older your boiler, the less energy efficient it’s likely to be. There is also an increased chance of a dated boiler breaking down than one of the newer models around.
It’s not cheap buying an A-rated eco-friendly boiler, but don’t look at it that way. Think instead of making a potential £340 annual saving on energy, which is how much the Energy Saving Trust estimates it can save you.
Getting loft insulation put in
In an uninsulated property, you can lose a considerable amount of heat through the roof. If you add loft insulation to a loft, attic or roof space, far less heat will escape through a roof covering.
It doesn’t cost much to buy loft insulation and if you know how to, you could fit it yourself. Otherwise, go on the National Insulation Association website to find a local approved insulation installer.
For as little as £150, quality loft insulation can last for as long as 40 years, if not longer!
If new windows and doors are the biggest priority for your home this winter, put in a request today for a FREE no obligation quote for them from Balhousie.
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