Insulation and draft proofing are an easy way to make energy savings in your home. Simple draught-proofing can reduce heating bills by up to £35 per year. If your home was built between 1920 and 1990, you may be able to install cavity wall insulation, which, on average, could result in a saving of £280 a year on your existing energy bills. Similarly, installing loft insulation on a semi-detached house can reduce heating bills by around £125 per year. These are just three examples of how installing the correct insulation could lead to huge savings in your home! The UK Gov website has a free survey that helps to highlight where your key savings would be, based on your home, and how much they would cost to make. Similarly, to installing a new boiler, there are grants available that could help reduce the cost of making these changes or make them free, if you meet the qualifying criteria.
Regular maintenance of your boiler and heating system is crucial for optimal performance. It is important to get your boiler regularly serviced to ensure it is working correctly – dirty filters, malfunctioning parts, and clogged vents can significantly increase energy consumption. We would also recommend investing in a programmable/smart thermostat that allows you to set lower temperatures and timers from wherever you are to ensure you are not heating your home unnecessarily or to a higher temperature than you need.
Energy-efficient appliances are often overlooked by many homeowners as they believe they will not bring enough savings to warrant the investment. However, there are massive savings to be made by simply changing the appliances you use. For example, an A+++ fridge freezer will save on average £320 in energy bills over its lifetime compared to an A+ model. Therefore, despite the additional initial expense, they are most definitely worth the investment. Imagine the savings you would make if your current appliances were B or less rated!
Investing in renewable energy is something that we have discussed across many of our blogs, and is something that we strongly believe homeowners should consider as energy bills continue to be much higher than in previous years. Solar panels, ground source and air heat pumps could be options for many homeowners.
At Arc Design Services, we specialise in architectural design, dedicated to offering a fresh and exciting approach to every project. With this in mind, Arc Design Services can help you put energy efficiency at the forefront of your home design plans, whether part of your renovation, extension or new build plans. Contact our experts today at Arc Design Services at www.arcdesignservices.net or 0161 928 4433.