We carry out renovation and building work on all manner of properties from ultra-modern homes to more traditional town houses and country residences. We have a particular expertise in restoring and updating period properties, where today a major consideration is incorporating energy efficiency improvements. We can advise on and implement numerous energy efficient enhancements, which will ultimately make your home more comfortable and shave costs from your household bills.
Here are some of the easiest ways to make an old home more energy efficient:
1. Switch to energy efficient lighting
An easy win for homeowners looking to improve the energy efficiency of their property is to switch to energy efficient lighting.
As traditional incandescent light bulbs have been phased out, homeowners are recommended to use LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting for both standard fittings and spotlights. According to the Energy Saving Trust, by replacing all bulbs in your home with LED alternatives, you could save about £35 a year on your electricity bills. Placing light switches where they are convenient to use, and including timers and sensors with external lighting will also save energy.
2. Improve insulation
Typically, there are a host of ways to improve the insulation in an old home and we can advise on the steps a client should take to minimise heat loss through not only their roof by via their walls, floors, and window and doors. By far quickest win is to lay more insulation in the loft, where up to 40% of heat is lost. Sealing up gaps and making the attic draught-proof will also help.
3. Toilets, taps and shower
Many house renovations include the installation of a new bathroom and toilet, offering a perfect opportunity to upgrade to modern toilet ware that is energy efficient.
According to Waterwise, around 30% of the water used in the home is through toilet flushing, so a water efficient dual flush toilet, where users have a choice of how much water to use, can make a big difference. Dual flush toilets typically use 4-6 litres of water opposed to the old style flush systems which use a massive 13 litres per flush. Aerated and low flow showerheads and taps can also cut the amount of water used without compromising on quality.
4. Energy efficient windows and doors
Double and triple-glazed windows create an insulating barrier to keep heat in and come in a range of styles that are likely to be in keeping with an older property. Likewise, doors can be insulated and draught-proofed to prevent heat from escaping. We can advise on the options open to clients in terms of style and technology, while also taking into consideration current building regulations and whether your property is listed or located in a conservation area.
These are just a few on the numerous things a homeowner can do to make their property more energy efficient. If you would like to discuss the subject further, please contact us on either firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01473 735317