Home Energy Audit
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. 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. 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. 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.