Mon 18 Jun 2018 View all news articles
Britain is full of glorious old houses, packed with period features, bay windows and creaky attics.
Double glazing was invented in the 1930s, but wasn’t much of a must-have for property developers until the 1980s.
However, these sought-after period features can actually be whittling away your money, especially when it comes to energy bills.
But there are simple home improvements that you can undertake that can end up saving you up to £880 a year.
A recent report by Bark.com revealed the simple steps, that can keep your home looking as period as ever, without the period energy efficiency.
Speaking to the Express.co.uk, Bark.com’s co-founder Kai Feller, said: “Houses built more than 10 years ago probably don’t have cavity wall insulation, and double glazing only really took off in the 1980’s.
“So if your home is 30 years old or more, it’s likely it’s leaking heat and costing more than it needs to in energy bills.”
It is possible to save £250 a year by getting hollow wall cavities filled by a professional home insulator.
Heat will always flow from a warm area to a cold one, and in winter, this means extra heat emitted from your house into the cold outdoors.
Keeping your walls insulated will reduce the need for central heating, and stop what heat is being produced going to waste.
Another way to save hundreds on your energy bills is by replacing draughty old windows and doors with energy efficient, double glazed ones.
Making this simple change will save you around £110 a year on bills, along with fewer draughts and cold spots. Double glazing also makes your home quieter and reduces the build up of condemnation in the colder months.
If you’re not willing to part with your old, single-glazed windows just yet, hiring a draft proofing expert to block up the unwanted gaps that let cold air in and hot air out could shave between £25-£35 a year off your bills.
If your house is considered a period property, there’s a good chance the boiler won’t be that energy efficient, and it’s problem that can be easily fixed.
A modern combi boiler can be installed in your home, with possible savings of around £255.
The attic or loft is another opportunity to save hundreds of pounds a year, with just a few simple tweaks.
Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof can reduce heating bills by a staggering £240 a year.
Loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years and it should pay for itself many times over.
“It’s surprising how much money you can save by making a few home improvements,” continued Kai. “Investing in your home may seem costly at first, but the money you save over the years in reduced bills will give you a nice return on your investment and probably increase the value of your property.”
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