Energy saving home improvements don’t need to break the bank. From insulation to eco kettles, there are many different ways to go green.
Many of us are choosing to improve our current properties rather than move or find somewhere else. Eco-friendly changes are a top priority now.
Some more good news, a government grant can even help you get there by funding part of the cost of implementing energy efficiency measures.
Let’s take a look.
Examples of energy efficient home improvements
Future-proofing and creating energy efficient homes is now a top priority for many. Here are some of the changes that can make a big difference:
Don’t yet have double glazed windows fitted? Now might just be time to do so. While this can involve a high initial outlay, think of it as an investment that will save you money on utility bills as time goes on. It will also make your home warmer.
2. Loft insulation
Did you know that loft insulation could save you up to £395 a year? The insulation itself will cost roughly £290 to put in (for your average detached property) meaning it will pay for itself in a couple years.
*These numbers vary depending on the size and type of your property e.g. semi-detached, detached etc.
3. Boiler upgrade
An inefficient, poorly working boiler will add thousands to your bills. They also account for around 60% of your homes carbon emissions. Therefore, a replacement can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
If you claim benefits, are a homeowner and have a boiler that’s over 5 years old, you can apply for a free boiler grant under the government’s eco scheme. Only homeowners can apply, not private landlords, for example. You don’t always have to be on benefits to qualify.
4. Door insulation
Little changes can make a big difference, especially when it comes to your wallet. Draughts can cause us to turn the heating up unnecessarily, using more energy than needed. Stick-on insulation down the sides of doors is cheap and effective.
5. Window insulation
Thicker curtains can help prevent any heat escaping, especially during the winter months. Again – small changes can go a long way.
6. Use a green energy supplier
Switching energy supplier can help you save money on your energy bills. Why not go green at the same time? You could save up to £505 a year, plus you’d be doing your bit for the planet too.
7. Solar panels
While not for everyone, and a high upfront cost, solar is a sustainable alternative to carbon heating. Solar panels have their pros and cons, but they’re the ultimate when it comes to home energy efficiency.
If you see yourself living in this property for the long-term, this is worth considering, as you’ll reap the benefits of the initial costs. They may also provide a good incentive when you eventually come to sell, as some buyers are looking for energy efficient homes.
8. Cavity wall insulation
Uninsulated walls? That might just be the reason you’re losing heat and constantly turning the heating up. Prices vary depending on the property, but you’re looking at £100-£200 on average. This could save you up to £160 a year.
What’s more, it might just improve the score on your energy performance certificate (EPC) adding value to your home.
9. Get an eco kettle
Eco kettles eliminate unnecessary power, water and money. They use roughly 30% less energy than your average kettle, helping you cut household bills.
10. Monitor energy use
Getting a smart meter is one of the most common energy saving tips. Getting a handle on how much you use, and use unnecessarily, can help you cut down.
11. Reduce water use
It’s not all about electrics. Using less water can help you go green, while saving money along the way, it’s a win-win. Take showers over baths, and try and keep them short. You could even invest in a water saving showerhead.
How to pay for it
Savings, credit cards… There are many ways to pay for the work, including a home improvement loan. Whether it’s installing a new boiler or getting solar panels, a loan can help you pay for it. Consider carefully if this is the right option for you beforehand. It’s a good idea to get to grips with how home renovation loans work first.
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Government energy saving scheme
The government’s Green Homes Grant scheme is all about making greener homes a priority. It’s where the government backs ⅔ (up to £5,000) of the cost of implementing energy saving measures. There are rules about how the money can be spent, and not all home improvements are eligible. The ones that are include:
- Replacing doors and windows
- Secondary glazing
- Wall or loft insulation
- Upgrading your heating
- Draught proofing
You’ll need to get an assessment beforehand. If approved, you must redeem your voucher and ensure improvements are carried out by 31st March 2022.
Switch energy supplier
All the changes we make now will add up – and it will take time to build these habits. What matters is that we make them.
One of the best things you can do? Switch to a supplier backed by 100% renewable energy. Get started below.