A home energy check-up, determines where your house is losing energy and money, and how such problems can be corrected to make your home more energy efficient.
To start you on your way, here are some tricks to reduce heat loss in the 4 most common places. Some heat loss reduction methods may require an investment, but it will be worth it when the electric bill comes!
Did you know that about 35% of your heat is lost through the walls and roof of your home . If you can reduce this heat loss from your house, you will dramatically reduce your electricity bill. You can slow down this movement of heat loss from your house by insulating your home. Installing loft insulation is the no 1 best energy efficient procedure to do in your home. It is really cheap and easy to do and you can get a return on your investment in under 2 years. To further reduce the heat loss from your home, consider adding insulation to the walls of your home.
Boilers account for 55% of the overall energy consumption of the average UK home. For the average family this can equal £700 a year. The efficiency of your boiler can have a big impact on this figure. A boiler that is 10 years old or more, is only 65% efficient. A modern A-rated condensing boiler can often reduce your energy usage by as much as 30%. So if you want to cut down your energy usage, a new boiler is one of the most effective ways to do it. Paying for a boiler might seem costly, but in actuality, can save you money both in the short and long term. There are also government grants that can help sponsor towards the cost of a new boiler.
Draught-proofing your home is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy and money. Draughts let cold air in and warm air out. To draught-proof your home you should block up unwanted gaps – for example around the windows and doors, open chimneys, loft hatches, floor boards etc. Draught- proofing your home could save you an extra 10% off your electricity bill.
Up to 20% of a houses heat loss can be accounted for by poorly insulated windows. Double glazed windows have 2 panes of glass, and the air in between, act as an insulating boundary between the cold outdoor air and your heated indoor air.
Double glazed windows are not cheap but they pay for themselves in the long run.
With over 15 years experience in the industry, we at CEC Energy can offer you home audits by accredited assessors, using latest onsite technology that will show you where your house is loosing energy and how to fix the problems. For more helpful tips or other information, give us a call.