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Improving energy efficiency of your home

There are a wide selection of energy saving measures that you can fit in your home to make it more energy efficient. With our comprehensive tips and advice, you can learn about installing a variety of items to help you insulate all areas of your home, helping to lower your heating bills.

Low cost measures

Here are some small, low cost measures you can fit that won’t cost the earth, but will help you to stay warmer in the winter and save money.

  • Draught proofing:

    Unless your home is very new, you’re likely to be losing some heat through draughts around windows and doors, gaps in floorboards etc. Fit some draught proofing strips to improve comfort levels and save money.

  • Low energy light bulbs:

    Try to be aware of unnecessary lights left on, and appliances left plugged-in or on standby. You can save up to £90 a year by switching off lights and electrical equipment.

  • Radiator panels:

    Radiator panels are moulded plastic panels that help your heating system run at its most efficient. They come pre taped- you just slide them behind your radiator and attach them to the wall. You can save up to 10% on your annual heating bill by using them.

  • Water saving measures:

    Contact Thames Water for some free water saving devices! Thames Water also offers Watersure Plus, which could cut your bill by up to 50%. Check your eligibility!

Medium cost measures

These medium cost measures will help you to save on average £150 a year and make your home feel noticeably warmer

  • Loft Insulation:

    Its best to have at least 270mm(ten inches) of loft insulation, so it’s worth checking whether you can top up your current levels of insulation. If you insulate a loft that has no existing insulation you could save up to £180. If you top up existing insulation by over 150mm you could save £25 a year.

  • Cavity Wall Insulation:

    Most homes built after 1930 have cavity walls. This is a gap between the inside and outside walls. Insulation is pumped into the cavity, making your home instantly warmer and saving you money on your bills. Contact your energy supplier to see if you qualify for free insulation measures.

  • Heating Controls:

    If you have gas central heating use a timer switch and your thermostat for maximum efficiency. It’s good to have Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRV’s) as well. TRV’s let you control the temperature of each individual radiator, so even if your central heating is on you don’t have to heat rooms you are not using. Have a look at our videos on how to correctly set your heating controls.

  • Secondary glazing:

    Secondary glazing is effectively adding another window on the inside of your existing one. It reduces noise as well as draughts. There are various different systems you can use. Call The Energy Advice Team for more info!

Larger measures

These larger measures are quite costly, but will help improve both the comfort level of your home, and make you larger savings on your energy bills.

  • Boiler replacement

    Heating accounts for 80% of your energy bill. Old, inefficient boilers mean higher gas bills, more carbon emissions and increased pollutants that cause breathing difficulties. Have a look to see if you’re eligible for the Safe and Warm scheme or other grants.

  • Solid wall insulation

    Around a third of the heat lost in an uninsulated home escapes through the walls. And if your home was built before 1920 then you probably have solid walls. Solid walls means you have just a double layer of bricks between you and the outside. If you own your home please speak to The Energy Advice Team .