Five ways to make your house energy efficient

Landlords are legally required to provide prospective tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This reveals the energy efficiency of a property and gives a carbon emission efficiency grade from A to G (A being the best).

Landlords are legally required to provide prospective tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This reveals the energy efficiency of a property and gives a carbon emission efficiency grade from A to G (A being the best). Making improvements to your house and taking out landlord insurance can save you money, so why not hold onto the pennies today?

Here are five ways to make your house more energy efficient:

Change to low-energy lighting

According to the Energy Saving Trust, lighting accounts for 8 per cent of all energy bills, so it’s wise to switch to low-energy lighting. Energy-efficient light bulbs generate a quality light output and are much kinder on the environment. They’ll lower your bills and will make your house more economical without your realising it.

Insulate your house

The Energy Saving Trust has also advised that up to a quarter of heat is lost through the roof every year, so it’s essential to insulate your loft. Loft insulation is usually simple to install and lasts for around 40 years making it well worth the money. To reduce your energy bills, you might also want to lag your pipes and buy an insulation jacket for your water tank. This will stop heat from escaping and will prevent your pipes from freezing.

Invest in cavity wall insulation

If your house was built after 1920 it might have unfilled cavity walls. The gap between the walls can cause nippy drafts and waste electricity, so you might want to consider cavity wall insulation. It’s blown into the house from outside using specially designed equipment and will keep your house snug and warm. There’s no point heating your house if the warm air is escaping, so make sure you make your property weather-tight.

Keep an eye on your heating

Thermostatic radiator valves help control the temperature of a room and are easy to install. They stop radiators from becoming too hot or too cold and prevent your property from heating up unnecessarily. With a gloomy economic climate predicted for 2012 it’s wise to save money and reduce energy bills. Don’t forget to take out landlord cover and get your boiler checked every year as this could also save you money in the long run.

A few small changes can make a small difference, so start making your property more efficient today.

 

Written by Julie Hanson

Julie is passionate about property – development, investment and portfolio planning. Along with husband Alec, Julie is actively building a property portfolio while helping others to do the same.

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