It’s easy to forget that winter isn’t actually that far away. In a matter of weeks, outdoor temperatures will begin dropping and we’ll soon be switching shorts and skirts for coats and cosy jumpers.
Can you confidently say that your home is prepared for this impending change in the weather?
It will be if it’s energy efficient enough. If you’re unsure how energy efficient your home is, your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will supply you with this information.
Homes are energy rated from A (very efficient) to G (insufficient) and you need a copy of an EPC when selling or renting your property.
Anyone without an EPC, should get an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor to come out to their home to gauge its thermal performance and then issue a certificate. This can be organised here.
We’re all about energy-saving at Hazlemere, so we are in a good position to offer you advice on improving the energy efficiency of your home:
Upgrade to double or triple glazed windows and doors
Inefficient windows and doors can be responsible for up to 25% of heat lost from a home.
You can massively reduce the heat loss percentage at your home by switching your inefficient windows for our UPVC Extreme windows, one of the few window collections in the UK to have endorsement from the Energy Saving Trust and be Secured by Design accredited. Replacing your front or rear door for any of our replacement door styles will also lessen heat loss.
Collectively, new double or triple glazed windows and doors can help you make an annual saving of £170 on your energy bills.
Invest in a ‘greener’ boiler
The modern boilers on the market have an ErP (Energy related Products Directive) rating to help you identify how energy efficient they are – A-rated boilers rank best.
If you’ve had the same boiler for many years, it’s unlikely to be very efficient and there’s an increased risk of it breaking down at a really inconvenient time.
Were you to upgrade to an A-rated boiler, you could be looking at a yearly saving of £340 on your energy bills, so it will very quickly pay for itself through the savings it helps you make.
Get insulation put in your loft
Heat isn’t just lost through windows and doors. It can also be lost through roofs and by the same amount (25%).
Installing insulation in a loft, attic or roof space is how to stop this from happening, which you can either try and fit yourself, or get an approved insulation installer to do it for you. Your nearest approved insulation installer can be found on the National Insulation Association website.
When fitted properly and of good quality, loft insulation can last for 40 years or so and it’s pretty cheap to install too.
Leave anything to do with windows and doors in the trusty hands of Hazlemere. We’d be delighted to give you a FREE no obligation quote for them.
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