Eco-friendly homes are becoming very popular as more and more people opt to move into a home that can protect the natural world, reduce their energy bills and save them money.
If you’re looking to move in the future or if your property is currently on the market, you need to make sure that you meet your potential buyer’s requirements so that they will be interested and want to make an offer. Most buyers are looking for properties that do not require a lot of improvements, so it is essential that your property is ready and equipped with energy efficient features.
Double Glazing prevents heat from escaping which is a great way to save money on your energy bills. All energy efficient homes should have double glazed windows. They also make your property much quieter which may be useful for those who live on busy main roads. However, some cheap or poorly fitted double glazing can look unpleasant so be careful to choose a reputable company when purchasing it.
Solar Panels are another way to save money in the long-term. They create energy that can then be used in your home or sold to the National Grid under the tariff system. Even though the initial cost of installing solar panels may be quite off-putting, it is often worth it in the long run – particularly if your roof faces south or south-east.
The most eco-friendly type of window frame is a wooden frame which can provide more insulation and is easier to repair than metal frames or UPVC alternatives. Most window frames are made from polyvinyl compounds (PVC) which emit toxic pollutants as they degrade.
Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation
This type of insulation can save a fortune on your heating bills. A massive amount of heat escapes through the walls and from the roof of your house and the importance of this cannot be understated. Whilst the Green Deal finance is now drying up, you may still be able to get your insulation free under the ECO scheme.
Boiler Service and Upgrade
It is essential that you get your old boiler serviced for health and safety reasons, as well as eco-friendly ones, as they’re often very ineffective compared to current models. You should think about renewing or upgrading your boiler every ten years – you’ll see the benefits on your gas bills very quickly.
If you’re unsure whether you need a Chartered Surveyor or a Green Deal Assessor, contact our office today for more guidance on 0800 880 6024.