While the weather is warm and your boiler is being given an extended break, it’s a good time for you to improve the thermal efficiency of your home before the winter.
You don’t want to be shivering indoors and experience a massive rise in the cost of your energy bills when temperatures begin to drop, but you will if it currently has a poor thermal efficiency rating.
Your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will tell you the energy rating of your home – it will be ranked between ‘A’ (very efficient) to ‘G’ (inefficient).
You need an EPC to be able to sell or rent your property.
If you don’t have one, click here and arrange for an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor to come out to your house and carry out an energy audit so that they can issue you with an EPC.
Most A-rated homes will include all of the following energy-saving products:
Double or triple glazed windows and doors
It’s generally agreed amongst energy experts that inefficient windows and doors are the cause of around 25% of heat lost from a home. That figure is far lower when a property is fitted with double or triple glazed windows and doors.
Our EXTREME window range is one of the finest replacement window collections in the UK, having been endorsed by the Energy Saving Trust and also Secured by Design. Our full suite of replacement doors will also save you a massive amount of money on energy.
With the latest energy efficient windows and doors, you could be looking at a yearly saving of around £170 on energy bills.
When looking at new boilers, pay attention to their ErP (Energy related Products Directive) rating. The vast majority of modern boilers offer a minimum A-rating.
Even with regular servicing, a dated boiler rarely provides the energy efficiency of a newer model, and it’s more prone to break down if it’s particularly old.
The Energy Saving Trust will tell you that upgrading to an A-rated boiler could help you roughly save £340 per year on fuel costs. The initial cost of buying one can soon be recouped through the savings you make.
Another place where heat is often lost is through your roof; again, as much as 25%. Adding loft insulation to your loft, attic or roof space will dramatically minimise heat loss.
It’s relatively straightforward to fit it, if you’d like to do-it-yourself to save money, or locate your nearest approved insulation installer via the National Insulation Association website.
You can get good loft insulation installed for as little as £150 and it has the potential to last for as long as 40+ years.
You’ll get a 20 year guarantee with new energy efficient windows and doors when they’re bought from Visual. Click here to receive a FREE no obligation quote for them.
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