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Home Energy Audit

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With Autumn just around the corner now is the perfect time to get your home energy-efficient and ready for the colder months. Most homes could benefit from a home energy audit to ensure that you are not using more energy (and spending more money) than you need to. Whilst a professional home energy audit is the best way to determine where your home might be losing energy, it is possible to conduct your own simple walk-through to pinpoint some of the easier areas that can be improved on. pic1 pic2 Here we take you through some simple steps to help you identify the energy efficiency upgrades you can make to your home. Locate Drafts Drafts are one of the biggest causes of wasted energy in the home and getting rid of them can save you anywhere from 5 to 30% of your annual energy costs (source: The Department of Energy) as well as making your home more comfortable. Check for indoor air leaks, such as gaps along the edge of flooring or at junctures of the wall and ceiling. Other places to check include windows, doors, lighting, plumbing fixtures and electrical outlets. pic3 pic4 To tackle heat loss from windows, invest in Duette® energy saving blinds which have been proven to retain up to 46% more heat in a room and reduce heating bills by up to 25%. Available in a kaleidoscope of colour options, Duette® blinds can fit seamlessly into your colour scheme of choice. Visit www.duette.co.uk for more information. Check Insulation Heat loss through the ceiling and walls can be substantial if the insulation levels are less than the recommended minimum. Picture5 pic6 To determine whether you should add insulation, you first need to find out how much insulation you already have in your home and where it is. A qualified home energy auditor will include an insulation check as a routine part of a whole-house energy assessment. If you don’t want an energy assessment, you will need to find out the following for yourself:
  • Where your home is, isn’t, and/or should be insulated.
  • What type of insulation you have
  • The thickness or depth of the insulation you have.
For more help and guidance check out The Energy Saving Trust Appliances and Electronics Although not as significant as drafts and insulation, if you have a lot of electrical gadgets in your house, you could be inadvertently wasting a lot of power. pic7 Standby power is electricity used by appliances whilst they are switched off; that power is consumed by power supplies, circuits and sensors and whilst individually they may not consume a lot of energy, collectively it can really add up. To identify these power “vampires” take a look at appliances such as DVD players, games consoles, set-top streaming boxes, laptop charger cables, printers speakers and coffee makers. Take these simple steps towards identifying the energy holes in your home and improving energy efficiency for energy and financial savings that can make a big difference!
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