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
ENERGY EFFICIENT MEASURES:
Here is a list of some of
the measures that the certificate might recommend:
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
Loft insulation. Fitting
insulation that is at least 250mm thick could cut heat loss by around
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.