Boosting energy efficiency 'is all about the basics'
23rd Jul 2012
There are many basic ways in which people can help to improve the energy efficiency of their home, yet many are neglecting to take advantage of these worthwhile measures, one expert has observed.
According to Ryan Notz, chief executive of the advice site MyBuilder, plenty of people are missing out on things such as loft insulation, even though it can make a big difference to the amount of heat being lost through the roof of a home.
"A lot of people don't have loft insulation - that's the number one thing people can do and it's cheap. It's easy to get caught up in new technologies and building techniques, but it's just not the case that a great majority of homes have done the basics right," he added.
Mr Notz pointed out that many homes still do not have double glazing in all the windows, while he has observed examples of properties with cracks in the floorboards, which can be easily fixed, yet are being left to worsen – to the detriment of the homeowner.
"Underfloor heating is fairly popular. New, efficient boilers and good old fashioned gas boilers are also good - upgrading your boiler can save a lot of money," he added.
The expert said that in many cases it simply comes down to the cost of installation and the projected return on investment, though one of the simplest things property owners can do is to install a thermostat.
There is still plenty of wastage around the UK with overheating, as people do not have the thermostat or timer set up right, and this is another example of a simple measure being implemented that could put a stop to energy loss, Mr Notz concluded.
Posted by Staff Writer: Frances McDonald
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