As we move into autumn in the UK, you may be considering turning on your heating and getting your home ready for the colder months of the year.
This is actually a great time to consider what you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your home, with the Energy Saving Trust recently highlighting some simple measures you can take yourself, as well as some other options for more significant home improvements.
It’s best to start by looking at your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which will show you how much it costs to heat and light your home, as well as what your projected carbon emissions are.
If you discover that your EPC is out of date, it’s advisable to have an energy performance survey to help you identify areas that are suitable for improvement.
Among the suggestions of projects you can undertake are improving the insulation at your property, upgrading your windows to be double or even triple glazed, and fitting a more energy efficient heating system.
You could also explore your options for generating your own renewable energy, such as by installing solar panels on your roof or fitting heat pumps to provide green heating that will more than likely save you money in the long run.
If you’re planning a larger project, like house extensions in Milton Keynes, consider whether it’s sensible to make energy efficiency improvements at the same time.
Given that we’re likely to be experiencing social distancing regulations for some time to come, it could also be worth exploring how you can improve your outdoor space to ensure that friends and family can still socialise safely with you as the weather turns colder.
This could involve fitting a patio heater in your garden and revamping your paving to create the ideal outdoor space for small gatherings.