The climate change crisis has reached a critical point. It’s now more important than ever for everyone to reduce their carbon footprint, adopt a greener lifestyle and do their part to help the planet by reducing their energy consumption.
Aside from the environmental benefits, people stand to save money by adopting a more sustainable, renewable lifestyle. Both residential and commercial buildings could benefit greatly from energy efficient investments that will reduce their carbon footprint and save the owners money on energy usage. Here are just some ways that you can maximise a property’s energy efficiency:
Upgrade Your Boiler
Heating accounts for about 55% of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler will make a huge difference to those energy bills. As time goes on, technology develops and improves. As such, modern boilers are much more efficient than older models.
If your boiler is over a decade old, chances are it could be replaced with a much more energy efficient model. Aside from all the benefits of not having to pay out for expensive repairs when it inevitably breaks down, you’ll save money on those energy bills and be contributing your part to the energy consumption crisis, too.
Fit Double Glazing
Most properties have double glazing, in fact, 79% of UK homes are fitted with double glazing. So, if your property is one of the few without, it is definitely something to consider. Double glazed windows are much more effective at preventing heat from escaping; it’s estimated that as much as £160 a year can be saved in energy costs. One of the best ways to save on energy is to find ways to heat a property more efficiently and implement ways that will prevent that heat from being lost, double glazing is one of the most efficient ways to do this.
Insulate the Roof
The roof of a property is another place that an awful lot of heat can escape through. The Department for Energy and Climate Change claimed that UK homes waste £500 million pumping heat into their homes that then escapes through poorly insulated roofs and walls. So, make sure you insulate the roof of your property with effective roofing sheets. Insulated roof sheets retain heat to prevent it from being lost through the roof. They will keep a building warm whilst also reducing your carbon footprint and reducing the cost of your energy bills.
Use Low Energy Lighting
The lighting in a property accounts for around 15% of the household’s electricity bill. This can be cut down by switching to more energy efficient light bulbs. The two main types available in the UK are Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). Replacing a traditional light bulb with an LED of the same brightness can save up to £6 per year.
Aside from implementing these kinds of bulbs, efforts should also be made to reduce their usage overall. Always turn lights off when leaving a room, regardless of how long for, and consider lights with sensors so they switch off automatically when no one is in the room.
Rainwater harvesting systems (RHS) harvest the rainwater that falls from the sky and can be pumped into a property’s pipework to flush the toilets and wash clothes. With an RHS, you could reduce water consumption by as much as 40%, and if you have a water metre, it will cut down on the water bill, too.
For a system that allows you to flush the toilet, wash clothes and water the garden, you’ll need to be prepared to excavate the garden. An RHS tank can be fitted underground, and the size of tank varies according to how much rainfall you usually get and what your plans for the tank are. By utilising the natural rainfall, you can seriously reduce your water wastage.
Install Solar Panels
Solar panels installed on the roof of a property can enable you to generate your own power and even sell any excess energy back to the National Grid with a feed-in tariff. You could stand to make significant savings by utilising the natural sunlight to generate power – and they continue to work in cloudy weather, so need to worry about how well they function in the UK.
With these changes to your property, you’ll be on your way to creating a building that is much more energy efficient, reduce your carbon footprint and save some money on energy bills. If you’re looking for roof cladding or steel cladding, contact Bushbury Cladding today.