Home Efficiency

10 ways to make your home more energy efficient

The summer season is just ending and the weather outside is about to take a turn for the chilly. So gear up for the winter and prepare yourself and your house to brace the cold. Take this time out to make some changes to your home that will ensure the cold stays outside where it belongs.

A great way to start this process is by upgrading your single glazed windows. Double glazed windows work by trapping a layer of warm air inside and thus help to keep your house warm and cosy. Windows from companies like Zenith double glazing are available in custom designs and sizes so that you can tailor them to suit your home.

Likewise, Zenith front doors will not only seal in drafts more effectively and make your house look more attractive, but also increase the value of your home. These doors are made of PVCu material and are double sealed, so they will also contribute to your thermal insulation, and much like the windows, are available in a range of beautiful designs to suit your property.

If you have to do your insulation within a budget, you can install a solar film or solar shades on the outside of windows, while easily installed self-sticking thermal tapes are available which block drafts through tiny gaps, though it’s worth remembering that they can remove paint when you peel them off in the spring.

Another thing it’s worth considering while you’re insulating your house is adding snake drafts. These are tubes that are put under window sills or doors and prevent the hot air from slipping out and the cold air from creeping in. They can be purchased at a store or even made at home, and are essential as they properly seal off your windows and doors, making them airtight. Using honeycomb-type shades on the inside will help trap the heat before it is absorbed into the room too.

One less obvious tip that you might not have considered is using fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent lights, which can help save a lot on your electricity bills, meaning you’ve got more cash to spend on further insulation. While on the outside of your property, cheap fixes such as intelligent shady landscaping can have a surprising effect in winter and summer. For example, planting trees or some vegetation outside a big window can shade your house from the sun and also stifle freezing winds.

Back inside your house, it’s essential that your walls are properly insulated. If your house has no wall insulation, and it has more-or-less continuous wall cavities, you can quickly insulate your walls using blown-in insulation. It’s relatively cheap, easy to install and will save you money on your heating bills, but it’s essential that it’s installed properly – even the tiniest holes can let in drafts and effect the overall insulating performance of your home.

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