On Average, a UK home produces a whopping six tonnes of carbon dioxide and scores a D in energy efficiency. Most homes pollute the environment and are very expensive to heat due to the inefficiency. The rising electricity and gas costs compound this problem considerably.
However, it is possible to make your home energy efficient, and this will control your finances. You can save up to 40% of your energy costs by making simple improvements to your home. Also, there are government grants that are available to help enhance energy efficiency.
Insulating the Loft
If the loft in your home is not insulated or has degraded, you could lose up to 25% of the heat through the roof. In fact, non-insulated or poorly insulated lofts are a significant cause of heat energy loss. Going for quality insulation could save you anything between £115 and £220 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust. If you qualify for a grant, you may get a free loft installation from the government.
Insulating the Wall Cavity
According to the Energy Trust, you could save anything between £70 and £250 a year when you insulate the wall cavity. A government-backed scheme to have the wall cavity wall insulation may cover part or all your costs. It costs from £350 upwards to have the cavity insulation done, but this may vary according to the size of your home. This cost would pay itself in energy savings in a few years in case you do not qualify for a grant.
Solar panels can help reduce the cost of energy dramatically. The cost of installation has fallen over the last decade. A 4KWp solar system that cost about £20k in 2010 now costs about £5k.
From Energy Trust’s research, 84% of UK homes with a 4kWp solar system are saving up to 50% a month on the energy. The low installation costs and potential savings make solar a good option even without the feed-in tariff.
A-Rated Double Glazing
A-Rated, double glazed Eclipse Windows have an energy efficiency of above 92. This makes them the most energy-efficient window systems. The energy that you can save depends on your type of property and windows you install. According to a research by Energy Saving Trust, if you have a detached home with A-rated Eclipse double-glazing, you can save up to £130 a year on each window. When installed on a flat, you could save £55 on each window. With the rise in energy prices, you could save more in the future.
Upgrade Your Boiler
If you have an inefficient boiler, you could be losing hundreds of Pounds worth of energy each year. You can reduce the energy bills and enhance the comfort of your home by upgrading your boiler.
Boilers are rated between A and G. An A-rated boiler is highly efficient with a G-rated one being most inefficient. These boilers also reduce the home’s carbon footprint, in addition to saving you money. Gas central heating and boilers are responsible for over 60% of the carbon dioxide that your household produces.