While there are tangible energy-saving benefits to be made by installing more efficient appliances, the benefits are not as good as insulating your home adequately and removing air leaks.
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of improving the energy efficiency of your house is to top up your insulating material in your loft. Many are aware that heat rises, and for that reason the roof is the main culprit or letting the heat out of the house.
In fact, according to the Energy Saving Trust, over a quarter of the heat in an uninsulated home is lost in this way alone.
In addition to the loft, windows are another big culprit at lettingt the heat scape outside, however there are a number of things you can do to make them better at keeping the heat in. For instance, if you have single glazed windows, then think about upgrading to double glazed windows – although this is not always a solutions for homeowners who are struggling with money, as it can be an expensive job.
Heavier curtains can also help to retain heat and reduce noise levels from outside. You may also be able to make some savings by weather-stripping your windows and doors, which involves placing foam rubber strips around the little gaps where air could get in.
Installing additional insulation into the walls is an altogether more difficult and expensive option than adding loft insulation or upgrading windows and doors, as it will usually require professional assistance.
However, it is worth considering if you are doing an extensive refurbishment of your home, as it can make a huge difference to the energy efficiency of your home