Assuming you’re not living in a new build home, then the chances are your home could do with some improvements here or there.
If you’ve recently purchased a new house, then the chances are you got an EPC as part of the process. That’s an excellent place to start looking for potential improvements you could make, but it doesn’t hold all the information you need.
In this guide, we’ll look at how you can make some real improvements to your home, no matter how long you’ve lived in it.
1 New windows
When were the windows of your home last replaced? If you don’t know, then the chances are you can improve the energy efficiency of your home by fitting the latest in double glazing technology.
Obviously, if you’re going from none double glazed windows to double glazed, then you’re going to see the biggest benefit.
However, even if you currently have double glazed windows, then there’s a chance that replacing them will be worthwhile. Look for the tell-tale signs of condensation between the panes.
Just one word of advice though – make sure you don’t live in a listed building, or a conservation area. If you do, you may not be allowed to replace your windows.
2 Insulate everything
Is your home fully insulated? The chances are, it’s not. Most people could benefit from extra insulation, and it’s always worth investigating to see if there’s anything extra you can do.
If you know what you’re doing, you can always purchase the insulation material and carry out the work yourself, but only for simple projects such as lagging pipes and insulating your loft.
More complex projects, such as cavity wall insulation, will always require an expert.
Often though, you’ll find the money you save on energy bill going forward will make it worthwhile.
3 A loft conversion
This is a great way to add extra space to your home, and it has the extra bonus of adding value to your property too. The cost of an attic conversion may seem prohibitive, but it will probably pay for itself (eventually).
It’s a great option for people who need to add a little bit of extra room to their house, but don’t want to go through the hassle of moving and all that entails.
Just make sure you use a reliable and trustworthy firm to carry out the work for you, so you don’t face any nasty surprises.
4 A new central heating system
When was the last time your boiler was replaced? And what about those radiators? Are they belching out heat into empty rooms?
An old, inefficient boiler can add hundreds of pounds a year to your heating bill. And if your radiators don’t have individual thermostats, then you’re wasting money heating empty rooms.
A new central heating system may be expensive, but then so is wasting money on an inefficient heating system.
A specialist engineer should be able to give you a good idea of just how much you can save.