As energy bills continue to spiral and homeowners look to save as much as possible, energy efficiency has taken on even greater importance over the last few years.
So much so that prospective buyers are increasingly looking for properties that will keep energy expenditure to a minimum. Therefore, an energy efficient home could improve the value of your property as well as help it to sell fast once on the market.
Below are some ideas to consider regarding energy efficiency in your home:
More efficient Insulation:
According to an infographic published on the Guardian, insulation of lofts and walls could contribute to annual energy savings of over £200.
What’s more, approximately a quarter of heat in a home that hasn’t been insulated is lost through the roof. Insulation can be installed for anything between £50 and £300 and can start to save the property owner thousands of pounds after 5-10 years – a shrewd investment that many buyers are now expecting to already be in place in properties they are looking at.
Typically, a boiler accounts for around 55% of a household’s energy bills, so it is imperative that yours is as efficient as possible. If your boiler is over ten years old you should really start thinking about getting it replaced, as the efficiency of a boiler deteriorates rapidly the older it gets. Furthermore, all new boilers are built to energy saving specifications and standards.
It has to be acknowledged that these days most properties in the UK are double glazed. However, the small proportion that remains single glazed will be losing plenty of heat, severely hampering energy efficiency.
For those properties utilising double glazed windows, there are still ways to make them more efficient. Multiple panes as well as replacing aluminium frames with vinyl frames will help, while letting your property take advantage of sunlight with opened blinds and curtains is a 100% free way of heating up your property.
The most common and affordable practice that comes to mind is the utilisation of solar panels. Even though the UK is not known for spectacular weather, solar panels will still generate plenty of energy all year round (up to 75% of an average household’s needs) and the price of installation has been steadily decreasing as they become more common.
On top of this, any surplus energy can be sold back to the energy companies for a good price. Alternatively, rainwater collection systems are also a good way to recycle water and keep the garden healthy.
By implementing some of these strategies your home could become wildly more appealing to prospective buyers, potentially decreasing its sale time and increasing its market value.