The initial and best point of call to establish the best way or methods to improving the energy efficiency of your home is reading the recommendations on your energy efficiency report. If you do not have one, then you can instruct an Energy Assessor to commission an Energy Efficient Report (EPC).
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) which came into effect in April 2016 outlines the minimum energy efficiency standards a rental property must achieve. This means that Landlords who own and rent a property in England must act to ensure that their housing stock is up to the required standards. This is mainly to the benefit of the bill payer who is normally the tenant, unless the Landlord has agreed to include the utility bills as part of the rent.
From April 2018, domestic and non-domestic private rented properties which have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below an 'E' will require some energy efficiency improvements. These recommended improvements will be shown on the EPC report.
Enviro Estates has listed a number of areas or factors that the home owner or vendor may consider which can provide improvement to their energy efficiency in their property and help towards reducing our carbon emissions:
1 Windows and Doors are clearly the main method for the escape of heat if not installed correctly. The start to making your home more energy efficient is ensuring that your home has double glazing or inner glazing. If your property has classic windows, you may not be allowed double glazing if your property is listed. Installation around the windows frame on the inside of the frame is important to keep your heat in.
It is important to ensure that your exit or outer doors have some form of insulation, most modern doors have insulation installed around the edges, this is just a thin piece of felt around the outer part of the door. Even putting felt or insulation around the frame of your door will help to reduce heat loss. Ensuring that your letterbox has insulation is important.
2 Internal and External Wall Insulation
About a third of all heat loss in an uninsulated home escapes through the walls, by properly insulating cavity walls, you will save energy and cut costs off your heating bill.
Until building regulations were updated in 1976, cavity walls were built with an unfilled cavity with the exception of a handful of individual cases.
From 1996 onwards it was more usual for builders to partially insulate a cavity in order to comply with updated requirements, but even into the 1990’s some dwellings. Houses in the UK mostly have either solid walls or cavity walls. Pre-1920 older houses are more likely to have solid walls. A solid wall basically has no cavity, each wall is a single wall, usually made of brick or stone.
3 Draught proofing
General draught proofing of your outer doors and windows will help to reduce your heat loss.
The major benefit for using energy-saving bulbs will reduce your electric consumption considerably, leading to cheaper electricity bills and reducing your house’s carbon footprint. It’s estimated that each bulb can save around 2,000 times its weight in carbon emissions during its lifespan.
Keeping your house warm during the cold season can reduce your chances of catching respiratory diseases such as pneumonia. In most residential properties, more than 70% of the household energy consumption goes to the central heating systems.
Heating our homes more efficiently covers a vast topic, here we are only able to scratch the surface.
Probably the most popular and published method to heat your home efficiently and help reduce carbon emission is installing Solar Water Heating System.
6 Biomass Boilers
Biomass boilers burn natural materials such as wood pellets, chips or logs to provide heating and power hot water boilers. In short, biomass is any organic material that can be used as fuel and in the UK and European domestic markets wood pellet boilers are by far the most common.
The above are just some of the factors or methods we can use to improve our energy consumption, making our home more energy efficient.
Generally new homes tend to be more energy efficient than older homes this is due to newer and tighter building regulations. In addition the availability of products such as solar panels and technology controlling the amount and rate of energy consumed.
By reducing our home energy consumption we reduce the carbon emissions. Statement from the energy report states “One of the biggest contributors to global warming is carbon dioxide. The energy we use for heating, lighting and power in homes produces over a quarter of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions”
For more information visit the following web sites:
General Information on EPC:
Energy Performance Certificate guide:
Find energy grants and ways to save energy in your home:
Energy efficiency: detailed information
Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) for Landlords
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