There are lots of good reasons to make sure your property is as heat efficient as possible. Not only is it better for the environment but when it comes to renovating a property for resale, a key element in the final sale value is the home’s energy efficiency. Here’s how you can increase the energy efficiency of a property.
Why is an Energy-Efficient Home Important?
With the rising costs of heating our homes, the importance of having an energy-efficient home is at an all time high.
To sell or rent a property, you need an Energy Performance Certificate that provides potential buyers or tenants with information about how energy efficient your home is. The certificate displays the information in an easy-to-understand traffic-light system using a combination of colours and the letters A-G, with an ‘A’ rating being the most efficient and desirable.
The energy efficiency of a home gives an indicator of how much it will cost to heat the home and most home buyers are looking for a property that they know they can afford to heat, and that won’t be wasting their money. This means they’re more likely to pay more to buy or rent a property that has a high energy efficiency rating.
Energy efficiency is also important for environmental reasons, as it lowers our carbon footprint and reduces emissions that contribute to climate change.
How to Increase Your Property’s Energy Efficiency
The good news is there are lots of ways to increase the energy efficiency of a property. Here are some of the ways you can make your home more energy-efficient.
The average home loses a quarter of its heat through the roof due to the way heat rises through a property. By adding loft insulation you can add value onto the price of the property by increasing the energy efficiency.
Adding double glazed windows to a property can help to increase the overall energy efficiency of your home by reducing the amount of heat that escapes through single-glazed windows.
An old or outdated boiler is more likely to develop a fault or be inefficient, which will make it more costly to heat your property. Upgrading your boiler to a newer, more efficient model can help to drastically increase its heating efficiency.
Wall and Pipe Insulation
You can also add insulation to the walls of your home to stop heat from escaping that way. This can be done in one of two ways – cavity wall insulation for newer-build homes or external wall insulation for older properties. You can also insulate around the heating pipes inside your home so that the water in your heating system doesn’t lose heat before it reaches your radiators.
Energy efficiency is a key pricing factor for properties, with potential buyers looking for homes that they can afford to heat and have electric gates. Fortunately, there are a number of improvements you can make to your home to increase its overall energy efficiency.