Energy Efficiency Calculator: How Energy Efficient is Your Home?
Energy efficiency is an important factor when running your home.
It can help keep costs down whilst promoting your heat retention and ventilation throughout the property.
But you may not realise what improvements you can be making to increase the energy efficiency of your home.
That’s why in this article, we’ll be discussing the different ways you can calculate your energy efficiency and potentially help you to identify what improvements you can make within your home.
We’ll be looking at three different ways to help you cut energy costs whilst promoting energy efficiency:
- Energy Efficiency Calculator
- Energy Performance Certificate Assessment
- Household Tips
If it all sounds too good to be true, keep reading to see how you can put these ideas into practice.
Energy Efficiency Calculator
Perhaps the most straight-forward one on the list to do would be to go online and find an energy efficiency calculator.
We quite like the one provided by the Energy Saving Trust, so be sure to head over to their website and use their tool for free.
However, it may not be as easy as it seems. General homeowners don’t know whether or not they need a new cavity wall, whether their solid wall needs insulating or even if heat may be escaping through the loft.
So whilst there are online energy calculators out there, it’s best to either use it as a basis for what improvements could be done, rather than assuming these improvements are what’s needed to be done.
It’s much better to get a professional to assess your home.
Energy Performance Certificate Assessment
With the Energy Performance Certificate or EPC, an assessment will be carried out on your home.
This is usually done by the landlord or estate agent when listing the property up for sale or for rent.
And when you bought or rented your home, you more than likely saw an EPC. That’s because they are mandatory when selling or renting a house.
A landlord or estate agent must provide an EPC to you, the buyer or tenant to be, so that you know what the current energy efficiency of the house is and what improvements can be made to increase the energy within the home.
If you’re selling or renting your home, you must, by law, get an EPC assessment done on the property and once issued to your home, the EPC will be valid for 10 years.
The assessor could take anywhere up to 2 hours to complete, depending on the size and location of the property.
But once you have the EPC, it will not only tell you the properties’ current energy efficiency, it will also have recommendations on how you may be able to improve the overall energy efficiency.
We’ve spoken about all the ins and outs of the EPC in one of our other articles, so if you want to have a firm understanding of what an EPC is and how they work, check out our other article.
In most cases, nobody knows your home better than you.
Just by looking around and living in the home, you’re probably already aware of what improvements can and should be made to increase energy efficiency.
Does your bedroom have single glazed windows which cause you to turn the heating up throughout the night?
Maybe your back door is outdated and the wood is cracking and causing draughts into the home where heat can escape.
Whatever the issues with your home may be, there’s a simple solution which would be to save up the money and invest in your home by making improvements.
Especially if you plan on selling your home, you want as much money as possible and whilst it may cost a little to upgrade your single glazed windows to double glazed windows. Or to fit a brand new composite door, when it comes to selling the property, it will be worth it.
And the cost to make these energy efficiency improvements may not even be as bad as you may think.
Ready To Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient?
Use our online QuoteBuilder tool where you can choose a wide range of double glazing products, doors and conservatories.
You can design to your hearts’ content and input your own specifications so that you can see a visual representation of how your new double glazing products would look on your home.
Then, you’ll receive a free, no-obligation quote to get an idea of how much these upgrades may cost.