If you are concerned about energy consumption and how energy efficient you property might be, there are a number of areas you should check and address.
Loft or ceiling insulation
Whether you live in a flat or a house, you must insure your loft or ceiling cavities are adequately insulated. Depending on where you live you may be eligible for a government grant to cover some of the costs. Always go with a good quality insulation material and while it is relatively straightforward to install, you should always seek specialist advice first. Where possible, ask a professional to install it for you. For the environmentally conscious, you will find a range of alternative options available to suit a range of budgets.
Heat can be lost through the roof, walls, and windows. It can also be lost through inappropriate flooring which can also let in draughts. Solid wood flooring, if well fitted, with good quality insulation beneath are a great way to ensure your floors are protected. Many wood floors can also be fitted over under floor heating too, which, by its very nature is always installed with high quality insulation panels underneath the floor. Choose a specialist provider such as www.flooringsupplies.co.uk who can provide a range of great flooring ideas.
Unsurprisingly, windows can let out a great deal of heat and also let in draughts. For energy efficiency, it is vital you pay attention to your windows. If replacing them is not an option, there are a number of solutions available online and on the high street to help reduce draughts and keep heat in. If you are planning to replace your windows, select the most energy efficient double glazing you can afford. For traditional Victorian properties, it you will find a number of specialist providers for double glazed sash windows in wood or plastics. Always ensure you use an accredited company to install your windows and they must be properly sealed.
Most new houses are built with two layers of brickwork with a cavity in between, some houses will already have wall insulation, but if yours hasn’t you should research cavity wall insulation and ask a professional to check the suitability of your property. Cavity wall insulation, together with good loft insulation and window proofing will dramatically improve the energy efficiency of your home.
When to get the professionals in
If you are accomplished at DIY, you will be able to tackle many jobs yourself. But, as a rule, it’s always best to seek professional advice or installation for large expensive jobs which need special attention, particularly when it comes to energy efficiency.