How to improve your homes energy efficiency rating

Every home in the UK needs an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This shows how much a property will cost to light and heat, what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be and what improvements can be made to improve its energy efficiency. An EPC rates a property in bands A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years from the date it’s issued.

As more and more effort is being put into building greener homes across the country, how does your home fair against newer properties? Making your home more energy efficient won’t just make it warmer, but it can also improve its value. Take a look at some of the ways you can improve your rating:

1. Proper insulation

Poorly insulated lofts, attics, roofs, floors and walls can be a major cause of energy wastage. Installed correctly, insulation can be an effective way to reduce heat loss and your energy bills! According to Energy Saving Trust, it should pay for itself numerous times over in a 40-year lifetime.

2. Upgrade your boiler

Boilers account for 60% of the carbon dioxide in a gas heated home which is why investing in a new boiler could dramatically increase your homes energy rating whilst saving you hundreds on your energy bills. Boilers are rating on a scale of A – G so if your boiler is on the lower end of the scale, it might be time to invest in a newer model.

3. Get double or triple glazing

The benefits of double or triple glazing outweigh the initial high spend. By investing in double glazing, especially if your property does not already have it can reduce the amount of heat lost to the atmosphere, reduce external noise, lower your energy bills, keep you warm in winter and increase the value of your home.

4. Draught proofing

A slightly more cost-effective way to saving energy and money is through draught-proofing. Blocking up unwanted gaps in windows, doors and even your chimney if you don’t use it will stop letting too much cold air in and wasting heat. Even choosing thick curtains or a sweet draught excluder for your doors can make all the difference.

5. Consider renewable energy

Solar panels, air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps are among the few renewable energy sources becoming increasingly popular in new build homes. Each of these reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint whilst still heating your home and water. The government are making a strong push towards eco-friendly homes and are offering grants and incentives to those looking to make improvements. See if you’re eligible here.

For more information and advice on how to improve your homes energy efficiency rating, visit the Energy Saving Trust website.