How to Make Your Property Energy Efficient

How to Make Your Property Energy Efficient

As COP26 continues, global warming is often at the forefront of worldwide conversation and there is plenty you can do to contribute to saving our planet from the comfort of your own home.

Glasgow hosts the Climate Change Conference from 31st October to 12th November as world leaders come together to tackle the global crisis. Read on for our comprehensive guide for how you can do your bit.

There are a number of ways how homeowners can become more energy-conscious to secure a better future for their families:

  • Insulation – cavity wall insulation, external wall cladding, and loft insulation are all brilliant ways to prevent the outside air from creeping into your home.
  • An efficient boiler – no one wants a boiler that guzzles energy and emits little heat. The market is expanding all the time, so the right option for you is more accessible than ever.
  • A smart meter – smart meters do the hard work for you. They update your bills provider by automatically sending current readings electronically, meaning no more estimated bills, and give homeowners excellent insight into their energy usage – creating financial efficiencies in the process. They also improve grid efficiency, meaning they benefit your community as well.
  • Double glazing – keeping heat in is just as important as stopping cold air coming in and installing double-glazed glass is a sure-fire way to do this – it also adds an extra layer of security to your property.
  • LED lighting – powering properties is the biggest user of energy at home. LED lights use fewer watts, require less power to run and therefore save not only energy, but money, too.

The options don’t stop there. Once your home is well insulated and energy efficient internally, you should then consider using renewable energy methods such as:

  • Solar panels: these may be pricy, but are also the most productive generators of electricity via renewable energy.
  • Air source or ground source heat pumps – these need some outside space and electricity to run. They renew the heat they extract from the ground or air. 

Making these changes to your home lifestyle will no doubt leave you with immediate excess energy, but there’s no need to feel like you’re missing out on what you can’t use. Quite the opposite, in fact. If you generate more electricity than you need, you can sell it through the Smart Export Guarantee.

You can contact Home Energy Scotland by filling out a form or visiting their website, for a free assessment, or call them on 0808 808 2282 (Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm).

We practice what we preach. Year on year, we make a conscious effort to lessen our carbon footprint across all branches by committing to the following:

  • Ensuring that all staff are turning their equipment off when leaving the office or desk for a prolonged period, saving as much energy as possible.
  • Reducing the number of cars within our car fleet which drastically lessens our commuting emissions.
  • Drastically reducing postage as we work towards a paper-free office environment. 
  • Installing sensored lights in numerous rooms to reduce electricity consumption by eliminating the possibility that the lights will accidentally be left on.
  • Encouraging virtual meetings to reduce travel for face-to-face meetings and the use of public transport for larger distances business journeys.
  • Using more and more environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals/equipment.

 

Do you want to do your bit for the environment and make your home or property more energy efficient? Contact your local branch and a member of our expert professional team will help you today!

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