How to make an old home more energy efficient
Older homes often come with stunning period features and a charm that can’t be reproduced, however unfortunately they can also come with a host of issues. Condensation, damp, and high heating costs to name a few. Take a look at our five tips to help make your older home more energy efficient and cosy!
1. Spray foam insulation
Spray foam insulation is the most efficient and cost-effective way to insulate your home. At CosyInsulation we use Lapolla open cell spray foam, BBA approved, airtight and breathable. With our spray foam insulation you could save up to 50% off your home heating bills and improve your EPC rating by up to 3 levels. Around 50% of the heat from your home is lost through your roof, so having your roof space properly insulated will make a big difference, retaining your heat and keeping your whole home cosy.
2. Get smart with your energy use
A smart meter will let you see where exactly your energy is being drained. This will encourage you to use these appliances less, more carefully, or perhaps replace with a more energy efficient version. You could also invest in smart lights, plugs and appliances which can be controlled from your phone to reduce your costs further in the long run.
3. New windows and doors
Around 35% of heat from your home is lost through windows, making changes here can make a big difference. New windows and doors can also make your home more comfortable with improved sound proofing and reduced condensation. Plus, they will improve the appearance of your windows, making your home look more finished, which will if you decide to sell your home in the future.
4. Invest in a new boiler
Heating your home accounts for around 55% of your annual energy bills – whilst the cost to replace your boiler is high the reward will be worth it. A new boiler can be a significant outlay and one many of us put off. However, a modern energy efficient boiler could save you up to £300 per year and you may even be suitable for a grant.
Our final tip is a cheaper option that you can do yourself and can quickly improve your energy efficiency. Draught-proofing is simply stopping warm air from escaping your house and cold air coming in. Quick fixes include putting a cap on an unused chimney, using a draft excluder to cover the gap under doors and sealing gaps in your floorboards.
To find out more about how CosyInsulation could make your home more energy efficient give us a call on 028 9447 7470 or get a quote here.