Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

Ensuring your home is as energy efficient as possible is important for a variety of reasons, all of which will help protect your property an

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Making your Home More Energy Efficient

Ensuring your home is as energy efficient as possible is important for a variety of reasons, all of which will help protect your property and your wallet. In the short, medium and long term. Whether you live in an apartment, house or otherwise, there are many ways in which you can easily help the environment and ensure your energy bills are as low as possible.

The UK Government have in recent times undertaken a big push to help UK property and homeowners with making their properties much more efficient. Introducing a raft of grants, termed Green Home Grants, home and property owners are able to apply for and obtain vouchers from the government which fund up to £5,000-£10,000 worth of home improvements designed to make properties more energy efficient and greener than ever.

There are many types of work, for which you may use these grants. However, it is also important to be aware of the ways in which you can make your property that extra bit energy efficient, less of a contributor to climate change and part of the drive to make properties and homes greener than ever before.

Double Glazing

A tried and tested method of improving energy efficiency and maintaining the temperature inside homes and properties, double glazing has for many years, been one of the first ports of call when insulating and energy-proofing properties. With two panes of glass rather than one and a vacuum in between panes, cold air is kept out in the winter and hot air out in the summer. The gap between the two panes acts as an effective buffer and barrier to air penetration from outside, keeping the air inside contained.

Double glazing is a great way in which to strengthen the building’s ‘envelope’ (the barrier between the inside and outside environments), and something which more properties over the years have embraced.

With the frames of double-glazed windows usually constructed from uPVC rather than wood, they are more durable, more secure and much longer lasting than other alternatives, meaning that as well as making the property more energy efficient and less wasteful with its energy, less maintenance will be needed over decades.

Often, when undertaking home improvements and investing in a property, for example having taken out a second mortgage to invest in improving the property, double glazing is often one of the first ports of call.

Roof and Floor Insulation

Heat rises and therefore, insulating the highest point of a property is a logical step to take to ensure more heat is retained inside rather than is lost from the property. Roof and loft insulation can be installed in a number of ways and via a number of methods, all of which entail ensuring the uppermost part of your property retains and holds on to as much heat as possible. Common ways to insulate lofts, attics and roofs include:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Spray foam insulation
  • Blanket insulation
  • Loose fill insulation

When it comes to the floors of properties, there is often a gap underneath the floor and the joists. Thus, filling and addressing this gap is another way in which you can take steps to improve the energy efficiency and insulation of your property. A surprising amount of het can be lost through the floor of properties. If you live in an apartment or block of flats, you will of course be limited in this regard.

Draught Proofing

Draughts can come from many different sources in properties. Common sources of draughts include around doors and windows, from the floors and from gaps around exterior walls. Addressing draughts can have a big impact when it comes to keeping your property warm, efficient and green.

Windows and doors for example can be draught proofed relatively quickly, easily and cheaply by using draught excluders that can be purchased online at low prices. Exterior walls may need a little more work to properly draught proof but will not cost as much as fitting new double glazing or other potentially largescale works.