Skylight Properties Yorkshire Limited
Providers of EPCs and Landlord Certificates

IMPROVING YOUR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Improving the energy efficiency of your home can mean either making changes to the building, or simply changing your behavior to save energy. EPCs will give you advice on both of these areas. These are helpful information both for home owners or to those are looking to buy property.
 

INSTALLING ENERGY EFFICIENT MEASURES:

Here is a list of some of the measures that the certificate might recommend:

  • Low-energy lightbulbs. These last up to 12 times longer and use around 80% less energy than traditional filament bulbs
  • Hot water tank jackets. These cost from around £10, and can cut heat loss by around 75%.
  • Loft insulation. Fitting insulation that is at least 250mm thick could cut heat loss by around 30%.
  • Cavity wall insulation. If you have unfilled cavity walls, installing insulation could cut heat loss by over 30%.

The cost of the measures recommended vary, but the certificate will distinguish between those that cost under £500 (such as those above) and those that could cost more, such as double glazing or new heating systems. The certificate will also list further measures that will help achieve the highest possible ratings for the home, but which could be expensive and will take more than seven years to repay their cost in energy savings.

Grants or discounts for such works are available.  Visit Energy Savings Trust to find out if you qualify.

CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE:

You can improve your energy efficiency, simply by changing how you use your home:

  • Check that your heating system thermostat isn't set too high (21 degrees C in the living room is suggested), and use the timer or programmer so you only heat your home when necessary.
  • Make sure your hot water isn't too hot. Your cylinder thermostat shouldn't need to be set higher than 60 degrees C/140 degrees F.
  • Turn off lights when they aren't needed, and don't leave appliances on standby. Remember not to leave chargers turned on when you aren't using them.