Evaluate the environmental efficiency of your new home

Carry out an environmental efficiency audit when moving to assess areas of improvement and make your new home greener.

 

 

Evaluating The Environmental Efficiency of Your New Home

 

If you are moving into a relatively new home, don’t just assume that it is energy efficient. Equally, if you are moving into an older build, don’t assume that it doesn’t function so sustainably. There are a number of ways in which you can evaluate the environmental efficiency of your new home prior to moving in. That means you can make some necessary changes ahead of time. So, let’s delve into how you can check the environmental efficiency of your new home.

 

Check over the appliances

 

You’re moving into your new home. Along with all the excitement that comes with the move, you also need to do a touch of shopping to make sure that you are equipped to take on everyday life, from cooking to heating your home. Whether you are moving into a newbuild and you need to buy everything from scratch, or simply need to buy some replacement appliances if you’re moving into a rented property, you will most likely have to take a trip to the appliances store. But what should you be looking for? With all the modern appliances we need, as well as the endless models and brands to choose from, it can feel impossible. Read more about how to shop efficiently for new appliances.

 

Talk to the previous residents

 

Have a chat with the people who lived in the property before you. How much were they paying on average for their energy? Did they use a smart meter to track their consumption? Where were their greatest energy losses? Did they have any maintenance or repairs? Is anything in the house not functioning optimally? Knowing the answers to all of these questions will allow you to carry out a proper efficiency audit and see where relevant home improvements can be made.

 

Switch to a green tariff

 

The first thing you can do in your new home is switch to a green energy tariff. Opting for a green energy tariff will reassure you that your energy is coming from 100% renewable sources, and won’t be doing damage to the environment.

 

Check your insulation

 

Checking for air leaks or points of draft can seriously help you evaluate the energy efficiency of your new home and organise a solution. Check on skirting boards, window frames and doors to carry out a full audit of your insulation.

 

Your roof

 

In short, the benefits of loft insulation include:

 

  • Trapping heat in (and out!)
  • Reducing energy bills
  • Increasing the value of your home
  • Reducing your carbon footprint

 

We can lose so much energy through our roof, so calling in a roof insulation specialist can help you to see how you can maximise your roof and loft energy efficiency.

 

Your windows

 

Did you know that we can lose up to 40% of heat through our walls in the winter? This causes our energy bills to skyrocket. During colder months, we always need to use more energy to keep our homes warm, so we don’t want to be losing nearly half of our heat on poorly insulated walls. While some people feel reassured by the Energy Price Cap, and other government regulations which protect consumers from being overcharged, insulating your walls can significantly reduce your energy bills by saving you lots of energy.

 

Your walls

 

Wall insulation is a simple process that involves packing insulating materials between layers of brick within the walls of your home. Hiring a professional to insulate your walls brings a whole host of benefits, and it only takes a few hours.

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