Energy Efficiency at Home

Discover additional steps you can take immediately to enhance the energy efficiency of your home.

Heat pumps

Heat pumps utilise established technology to supply homes with cleaner electricity and boast significantly higher energy efficiency compared to traditional boilers, thereby reducing overall energy consumption. According to the Energy Saving Trust, using a heat pump can result in a 70% reduction in carbon emissions when compared to a traditional gas boiler. These pumps operate by extracting heat from the air or ground at low temperatures, amplifying it to a higher temperature, and then transferring it into your home to provide heating and hot water. The two primary types of heat pumps are air source and ground source.

Roof and loft insulation

Loft insulation stands out as one of the simplest and most efficient methods to cut down on energy expenses, as around a quarter of heat escapes through the roof of an uninsulated home. You have the option to either undertake this task yourself or seek assistance from a professional.

For homes lacking insulation, adding the recommended 300mm thickness could lead to savings of up to £270 annually. Even if you already have some insulation in place, increasing it to 300mm could still save you up to £32 per year.

Typically, installation costs range between £400 and £1,200, and this improvement could last for up to 42 years, potentially resulting in total savings of up to £11,450.

Cavity wall insulation

Enhancing the energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness of your home insulation can be achieved significantly with cavity wall insulation. This insulation is installed in the cavity, the space between the inner and outer walls of a property, and is typically suitable for homes built after the 1920s. It helps to retain heat inside your home, improving comfort levels and reducing heating expenses. Compared to other insulation methods, cavity wall insulation is relatively quick to install, with minimal mess or disruption.

Installation costs generally range between £1,000 and £3,000, and this improvement could last for up to 42 years, potentially resulting in total savings of up to £12,600.

Solar panels

By installing solar panels on your roof, you could potentially save up to £580 per year. These panels harness the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity for your household use. Since sunlight is freely available, once you’ve covered the initial installation costs, you can generate your own renewable electricity, consequently reducing your overall electricity expenses.

Typically, installation costs range between £5,000 and £8,000, and the panels can last for approximately 25 years. This investment could result in potential lifetime savings of up to £14,500.

Additional energy saving tips

Install smart thermostats and heating controls to potentially save up to £30 per year. These innovative devices offer enhanced flexibility and control over your energy usage. Smart controls, connected to the internet, provide additional features such as adjusting temperature settings remotely via a smartphone, even when you’re away from home.

Consider upgrading to more energy-efficient appliances to further reduce energy bills. Electrical appliances are rated from A to G, with A being the most energy-efficient and G being the least. Upgrading to appliances with higher ratings can significantly lower electricity consumption. For instance, switching from a C-rated washing machine to an A-rated one could decrease energy usage for washing clothes by up to 25%.

Upgrade to double glazing to potentially save up to £145 per year. Upgrading from single to double glazing not only reduces energy bills but also minimises cold drafts and noise pollution from outside.

Install underfloor insulation to potentially save up to £115 per year. Apart from making floors feel warmer and more comfortable, underfloor insulation helps in reducing heating costs.

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