Power Hungry: Making Old Homes More Energy Efficient

As the state of the earth’s atmosphere increasingly takes centre stage on the global platform, the UK, thanks to some strict and legally binding carbon targets, aims to reduce the country’s emissions by another 31% by 2030. Unfortunately, this figure looks to be out of reach thanks in part to the challenges associated with making the UK’s huge number of older homes more in-line with modern energy efficiency needs.

To assist in meeting their goals the government needs the assistance of homeowners who can do their part by making some of these changes themselves. Here are just three measures UK homeowners can take to retrofit their homes to be more energy efficient.

Insulate Hot-Water Pipes

One of the easiest ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency is by insulating hot water pipes as this will reduce heat loss, which in turn will allow you to lower your water temperature setting on your water heater. This is a project you can do yourself or you can employ professionals to assist you.

Go Solar Where You Can

Retrofitting your home with solar panels will not only assist in reducing energy costs, reduce your carbon footprint, and increase the value of your property, but this free source of energy can also assist the economy as more jobs will be created due to an increased need for solar panel makers and installers.

The use of personal solar panels also causes less electricity loss over the entire grid as there is not as much power being transmitted to your home through long-distance transmissions. You will not only improve your efficiency but also that of the entire grid by choosing to go solar.

Programmable Thermostats

According to a study examining the cost of heating homes in the UK, the average annual cost to homeowners can be between £538 and £2,053 a year (depending on your heating system) which is why making your home more efficient will not only assist in reducing your carbon emissions but also bring down your cost of living.

Thermostats older than 10 years old lack the energy-efficiency factor of newer units and studies have shown that installing a programmable thermostat can reduce a home’s energy bill by 5-10%. These units not only allow you to reduce your minimum temperature, thus saving energy, but you can also set schedules so that your home is only heated when it needs to be.

Just like your thermostat the electrical system in your home is prone to wear and tear and can thus contribute to energy efficiency losses. Periodic electrical testing should thus be done to ensure that the system has not been compromised due to age. These tests allow for the detection of possible electrical shock risks and fire hazards as well as assist in identifying any defective electrical circuits. You can request testing from Trade Facilities Services, who also offer emergency light testing, fire alarm testing and more, to ensure your home meets regulatory standards and is as efficient as possible.

Retrofitting your older home to make it more efficient will not only assist in reducing your monthly costs and reduce your carbon footprint but it can also lead to a huge increase in employment, thus boosting the economy and decreasing unemployment. Help do your part today.