As summer arrives and central heating systems develop cobwebs, it might be easy to ignore thoughts about energy efficiency until the winter. However energy efficiency is something we should think about all year round. It is not just about keeping warm air in during cold weather but also ensuring we keep our homes cool during warmer weather. Here we answer your top questions.
What is energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency is about reducing the amount of energy output to provide the same level of heating or cooling. In other words it is about getting more bang for your buck!
Why is energy efficiency important?
Being energy efficient means you spend less money and lower your carbon footprint. By having less heat escaping, your boiler doesn’t need to work as hard so you can have the central heating on for less time. Or if you switch to LED lights or use water saving showerheads you will also generate less energy. By minimising energy escaping from your property and cutting output, you will also reduce carbon emissions through burning less fossil fuels.
What ways can I improve energy efficiency?
- Insulation. An overlooked way of improving energy efficiency is insulating your home. If you turn on the central heating in an uninsulated home, the heat will quickly escape. This means burning more fossil fuels and wasting money. By properly insulating your property, the temperature in your home will be consistent all year round and keep the heat in. As an added bonus, insulation also keeps your home cool in the summer by stopping the property overheating. There are a variety of methods of insulation, including internal wall insulation, external wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, floor insulation and roof insulation.
- Having an efficient boiler. Additionally if you have an efficient boiler this can make a big difference. Boilers account for over 50% of a home’s energy bill and our A-rated boilers can save you up to £350 every year.
- LED lights are another great way to boost energy efficiency. LED lights are far more efficient than fluorescent lights and consume less energy.
- Using thicker curtains and keeping doors closed and draughts out are other simple measures we can all take that can make a big difference.
How do I tell if my home is energy efficient?
At the most basic level you can request an EPC assessment (Energy Performance Certificate). This is a rating scheme summarising the energy efficiency of your building, with a rating applied between A – G. This EPC will also include basic tips on the most cost-effective ways to improve your homes’ energy rating.
A better option is working with trusted experts like Zing Energy to provide a full audit. This involves a detailed analysis of your energy habits, including an in depth interview and test of the functioning of your energy system. We can offer bespoke advice, detailing the best way to start saving money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Are there any grants to improve energy efficiency?
This ECO scheme was set up by the government to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. The scheme obliges energy companies to improve the energy efficiency of low income, fuel poor households. It covers heating savings such as the replacement or upgrade of inefficient heating systems. We can advise you on the latest updates and quickly establish whether you are eligible.
There is also a variety of other grants available such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The RHI is a UK government scheme set up to encourage the uptake of renewable energy. The scheme was designed to compensate for the difference between costs of installing and operating renewable heating and fossil fuel systems.
Get in contact today to discuss how Zing Energy can help you improve your energy efficiency and save money.