Improving your home’s energy efficiency goes beyond going green and helping the environment. It actually benefits you monetarily. A home that has a higher rating on the energy efficiency scale costs more than another home with lower rating in the property market. Also, being energy efficient saves you a whole lot of money when the electricity bills come knocking on your door.
It doesn’t matter if the action you’re taking to improve your home’s energy efficiency is big or small. From installing solar panels on the roof of your home to switching off your lightbulbs when you’re not in the room, any way you make an effort, you save yourself costs.
To make you home energy efficient, there are several actions you can take. In fact, some of these changes can be investments that’ll payoff in the long run. If you don’t have enough capital for a one-time investment, you can take continuous actions that’ll keep your home energy efficient. The steps you can take to enhance your home’s energy efficiency are listed below.
1. Get an EPC
Since April 2018, an energy performance certificate (EPC) has been required for buildings in the UK that want to be on the market for sale or rent. The EPC gives adequate information to potential renters or buyers about the energy efficiency of your home. An EPC is rated from A to G. An ‘A’ rating denotes the best possible efficient use of energy. A ‘G’ shows the worst possible use of energy. Homes that are rated ‘F’ or ‘G’ cannot be put on the market for sale or rent.
To get an energy performance certificate, you’ll need to choose the ideal company and EPC assessor. The assessor arrives at your property at the time scheduled and should take about one hour. Keep in mind that the assessor will have to visit every room in your property. They can also take pictures or draw sketches of your property. The assessor is typically paid £45 – £100 depending on the rates.
About two to three days after the assessment, your EPC report will be sent through mail or email. The EPC report will contain recommendations on how to efficiently manage the energy used in your home. An EPC is valid for 10 years.
2. Install a Solar Panel System
Installing solar panels for your home is considered the best way to improve your home’s energy efficiency. The number of commercial and residential properties using solar panels have been on the increase over the past decade.
To get started on installing a solar panel for your home, you need to call a professional to handle it. This way, you don’t get yourself harmed from the high amount of current flowing through the system. The professional would most likely recommend the best type of panel for your home and recommend the amount of panels you need for all the appliances you have and will possibly get in the future.
You’ll need to connect your solar panels to an inverter which converts the DC current created by the panels into AC. You can use a singular inverter for this purpose. You can also install power meters to take note of your grid input, output, and off-grid use. You can also get batteries to act as backup in case of an emergency.
3. Purchase a Quality Thermostat
At different seasons, the temperature in your home may get uncomfortable. However, getting an air conditioner for your home could prove quite expensive in future energy costs. A thermostat uses way less energy while at the same time, regulating the temperature in your home. The best type of thermostats available are the smart programmable kind. These thermostats allow you to set different temperatures at various times of the day.
For example, you can program the thermostat to increase temperature when you’re away at work and reduce temperature right before you get back home. This way, you get to efficiently use energy at home.
4. Insulate Your Roof and Loft
An uninsulated home loses 25% of its heat through the roof. When you insulate your loft or roof, you reduce the amount of heat lost in your home. A loft that can be easily accessed with no condensation issues is less difficult to insulate. The costs for installing an insulator ranges from £300 to £400. Loft insulation lasts for at least 4 decades.
Being energy efficient in the home helps in terms of saving costs and increasing your home’s value. There are inexpensive ways one can improve a home’s energy efficiency which include getting an energy assessor to provide an EPC report, insulating the roof, or buying a thermostat to regulate temperature in the home at different times of the day.