As we are all becoming more environmentally aware, you may be wondering how energy efficient your home actually is? The easiest way to check this out is it take a look at your EPC (Energy Performance Certificate), you can do this at epcregiaster.com by simply entering your postcode. You will most likely recognise this as the multi coloured chart that rates a property from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).
Home efficiency is important- it means a warmer home, lower energy bills and could potentially boost your home’s value. So whatever kind of home you live in, here are our top 5 tips to improve your EPC rating.
Replace the insulation in your loft;
This will give your homes energy efficiency a huge boost! Ideally you want to make sure your insulation is at least 270mm thick to create the best impact.
Replace any old fashioned light bulbs;
Lightbulbs are so much more advanced these days, so make sure you are replacing any old light bulbs with the latest energy-efficient models- it will save you more money than you think!
Consider replacing your boiler;
You are probably thinking this is an expensive job, however a new energy efficient model will save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run. Also, if you have a fireplace it may be worth installing a wood burning stove. These score highly in EPC ratings, are eco-friendly and could be an attraction for potential buyers.
Install solar panels;
The energy is in your hands… when you have your own solar panels! You can easily get these installed onto your roof to help generate your own energy supply.
Modern double glazing;
If you still have wooden windows, then it may be time to consider replacing them with modern double glazing. Not only do they boost your rating, but also add a lot of value to your home and is a feature that potential buyers tend to look out for.
Just doing one of these could improve your homes efficiency, why not give it ago. Or maybe you know some others ways to be energy efficient at home… let us know @BelvoirUK.