New year, new home? Top tips for an energy efficient home

Posted 06/01/2020 by E.ON

If you're thinking about moving to a new home this year, then it's time to start planning how you can make it greener, cleaner and more sustainable.

Here are five tips to help you limit your home's environmental impact and keep energy costs under control.

1. Don’t let your boiler be a spoiler: A boiler's age and how well it's been looked after can have a big impact on how much it costs to heat your new home. Ask the owner or estate agent to see the boiler's service history and check its age. Most boilers will need replacing after a decade or so and there are a few tell-tale signs that your boiler is on the way out, like it making noises or radiators not heating up. If it turns out you do need a new boiler, ensure you budget for it and remember that some companies, like us, offer interest free payment options to help you manage the cost.

2. Make sure you see the EPC: An Energy Performance Certificate (or EPC) shows you how energy efficient a property is and gives you an idea of how much it will cost to heat and run it. Importantly, it can also recommend where improvements can be made so you can factor this in to your purchasing decision. 

3. Insulation, insulation, insulation: Find out if the home you're looking at has added insulation. Cavity wall insulation can help to keep a home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, meaning you spend less on heating and cooling. Most houses built after 1930 have cavity walls and can benefit from this. Loft insulation is also another plus in a house's favour, as a quarter of heat generated is lost through the roof in an uninsulated home.

4. Be smart with your meters: If a house already has a smart meter then it should be easier to keep track of and control your energy use. You can see when and where you're using energy and set budgets to keep on top of your expenses. If your new home doesn’t have one, it’s easy to get a smart fitted; just speak to your energy company.

5. Rate your appliances: Many homes today come with integrated dishwashers, washing machines, fridge-freezers and other appliances. As these will contribute to the size of your electricity bills, check them out. All appliances have EU energy label ratings so ask the seller or estate agent if you can see the paperwork. Appliances are graded from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and some appliances also have further gradings for R ratings (these are A+, A++ and A+++).

Follow these tips and you can ensure that you'll get a good idea of how sustainable and energy efficient your potential new home will be. You can get more tips to create an energy efficient home here

Remember that when you do move home, make sure you tell your energy supplier. And take a note (or a photo) of your energy meter readings at your old property when you leave, and your new home when you move in. 

Happy house hunting!


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