With fuel bills getting more and more expensive each year it has become increasingly important to ensure that our homes are as energy efficient as possible. But with time and money often creating an obstacle for us how can we improve the energy efficiency of our homes?
Whatever the time of year, energy can move through the walls of our homes – whether it’s cool air escaping in the summer or cold draughts creeping into our homes in the winter – it all leads to wasted energy and more costly bills for you.
Your home will generally lose heat from five key areas:
3. Windows and doors
5. Infiltration – air leakage
In order to make your home more energy efficient you need to combat the areas where you’re losing heat. You can do this by updating your loft and roof insulation as well as ensuring your windows and doors are double-glazed as well as using draught excluders where necessary.
The Small Changes:
We all know there are plenty of little things we can do that can make a big impact on our home’s efficiency as well as lowering those all-important fuel bills. Things like taking showers instead of baths, turning off all appliances when they’re not in use, switching to energy saving bulbs and ensuring you’re thermostat is not set to high.
The Big Changes:
There are several substantial changes you could make to your home that will significantly lower your fuel bills and make your home much more energy efficient. The installation of solar panels, ground and air source heat pumps, solar hot water systems and under floor heating can all make a big difference to your fuel bills.
But again the initial payment of these systems is often what stops people looking into these green technologies for their homes. But in actual fact, if you do a little digging you will find there is plenty of help at hand in the form of government initiatives and The Green Deal.
Here at SolarTech we are always on hand to offer advice and information on what may be the best option for you and your home so be sure to call us on 0845 838 2477 and find out how we can help you.