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Many homeowners will be looking to make sure that their home is as energy efficient right now in a time of skyrocketing energy bills. Additionally, making your home more energy efficient also helps you to reduce your environmental impact and could even add value to your home. So, what can you do to make sure that your home is energy efficient?
Find Out Your EPC
A good starting point is to find out what your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is. This rates the energy efficiency of your property and will offer advice on cost-effective ways to improve your rating. These certificates are valid for 10 years, so you may need to get a new one if the current certificate has expired.
One of the most effective ways to make your home more energy efficient is to add insulation, which can keep the cold air out and the warm air in. There are lots of different types of insulation to consider with loft insulation being one of the most effective, affordable, and easy to install.
Draught proofing the home can also be helpful in terms of sealing the home so that cold air stays out and warm air stays in. This is also a cheap and easy fix that will reduce your energy usage while also making the home more comfortable.
Check Central Heating
Homes are often inefficient because the central heating system is not working as it should be. This is why you should get your boiler serviced on a regular basis and consider changing your heating system to air source heat pumps – this can make a big difference to your energy bills over the course of a year.
Use Energy Efficient Lighting
Switching to LED lightbulbs is a small change but one that can make a big difference. LED lightbulbs are a lot more energy efficient and can last a lot longer than regular incandescent lightbulbs, so it is a smart switch to make and one that could help you to make big savings in the long term.
Get a Smart Meter with In-Home Display
A smart meter with an in-home display is helpful because it allows you to track your energy usage in real-time (and send automatic meter readings). This is helpful because it will allow you to see when and how you are using the most energy so that you can make positive changes in the home.
These are all effective ways to make sure that your home is energy efficient. Many are worried about their energy bills right now and for good reason, so it is important to take action to make your home more energy efficient. In addition to the financial benefits, this will also help you to reduce your impact too.