Top tips for moving home

Posted 22/02/2019 by E.ON

If you're house hunting and hoping to be moving in soon, you'll probably be considering how energy efficient your new property will be.

These handy tips will give you some pointers on what to look out for, and help you to lower your energy use in your new home.

Energy Performance Certificate - If you're renting or buying a new home, then it has to come with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) detailing how energy efficient it is. A is great, G is not so great. Ask to see it as it will give info on how much it will likely cost to heat and light the property, along with tips on how it could perform better.

Radiator controls - Check whether the radiators have thermostatic controls so you can keep the heat lower in the rooms you don't use very often.

North or south, east or west? Which way the house faces can have a big impact on your heating bills. North facing won't get a lot of sunlight whereas south will mean that on many days you'll be able to keep the heating off and let the sun do its job.

The boiler - A vital component in a household to provide your heat and hot water without costing a fortune. Boilers older than eight years old may need to be replaced with a more energy efficient model; and even if they're not that old but haven't been serviced regularly they could be very inefficient. Check how well the boiler has been maintained.

Appliance ratings - Many homes come with the dishwasher, fridge/freezer and other appliances pre-installed, so knowing how energy efficient they are is important. Ask the seller or landlord about the appliance's EU energy label rating.

Does it have a smart meter? If it does then this can help you save both time and money. Smart meters can send readings directly to the energy company meaning you don't have to, plus they show you how much energy you’re using, helping you see where you could use less.

Insulation - Especially important in houses rather than flats, as a lot of heat escapes through the walls and the roof. Ask if the house has wall and loft insulation as this will make a big difference to your energy bills and your environmental impact.

Thermostat control - Ask if the house has a smart thermostat like the tado° installed. If it does you can control the heating from your phone wherever you are, meaning you need never have it on again when nobody's coming home.

Even if the house you fall in love with doesn't have all of these things, many can be easily updated/installed, meaning you can still have your ideal home and be energy efficient too. One other key thing is to remember to take your electricity and gas meter readings before you leave your old property and when you move into your new one.

And make sure you contact the relevant suppliers to share these readings. Taking photos of your meters means you’ll have easy access to the info you need, helping ensure you’re only billed for the energy you’ve used.

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