Improving the energy rating of your house could increase the value by 38%, according to a Government report. Every house sold is now required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which rates the overall energy efficiency of your home. The closer to ‘A’ the rating is, the better your house performs and the cheaper bills will be.
A study by Prime Location suggests that “green appeal” is taking over from “curb appeal” as a way of attracting buyers. Taking steps to improve your EPC rating may cost you initially but it will add value and appeal to your home both for buyers and renters, and if you stay put you will see the savings reflected in your bills.
Adding a layer of glazing to your windows can help you to retain heat and reduce your energy bills, with the added benefit of minimising noise coming into the house from outside. If you don’t have the money to glaze your windows you could invest in some thicker curtains to stop heat escaping through the windows – this is also a nice way to update the look of a room without redecorating!
Upgrade your boiler
Old boilers lose a lot of heat and so use a lot more energy to run. An inefficient boiler could be costing you an extra £350 a year. Upgrading will also help you to drastically reduce your impact on the environment, as boilers account for 60% of household carbon emissions. Save yourself some money and help the world at the same time. Certain people are eligible for grants for free boiler installation, check your suitability.
You can insulate your lofts, external walls, pipes, and now even your floors. You may be eligible to get a grant for roof and cavity wall insulation from an energy supplier, check your suitability. Prices differ depending on what type of insulation you’re going for, and each contribute to your saving over the year. The cheapest improvement you can make is insulating your hot water cylinder, which will typically pay for itself after 6 months.
Older houses tend to lose heat through windows, doors, gaps in the floor and the chimney. It could cost you up to £200 to draught proof these problem areas but you will save around £25/£35 a year. If you don’t want to invest this much you can buy stick on insulation to prevent heat escaping through draughty doors.
There are many other ways you can save money which won’t affect the rating, which we will look in to next week.
Fill out this questionnaire from the Energy Saving Trust to find out how well your home is performing and how it can be improved. If you want to improve your homes energy rating find a specialist in your area using our Find a Builder service.