Lately we’ve been talking a lot about the different ways in which you can bring down your energy bills, and getting your home ready in time for the winter. The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has provided some very interesting figures on how big an impact a properly insulated home can have on your energy bills. It estimated that up to £300 a year can be saved which equated to an average saving of 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per household. Such savings can be achieved by insulating your home, upgrading or improving your internal heating system, installing double glazed windows and doors, and by being energy efficient.
The EU is due to publish new legislation on energy performance certificates which are set to come into effect in 2012 and will make it compulsory for energy ratings to be published in all “homes for sale” adverts. So you could make your home more desirable implementing some energy-efficient measures.
Cavity wall insulation is one of the most cost-effective measures that can be taken and can slice up to £115 off your heating bill according to the EST. Loft insulation can save you up to £150 and double glazing about £135 a year on an average property.
The older your boiler, the less efficient it is likely to be and if it is 15 years or older, you may want to consider replacing it. By replacing your old G-rated boiler with a new A-rated condensing model, you can save up to £235 a year, says the EST.
Energy-efficient appliances use less power and are cheaper to run so when making a purchase look out for the Energy Efficiency Recommended logo. Look out for the distinctive blue logo on goods such as fridges, dishwashers and light bulbs.
Make the most of the government grants that are available for those who are looking to make energy efficiency improvements to their home. If you’re not sure which grants or discounts you may be eligible for, contact your council or energy supplier. The EST can direct you to a local energy adviser.