As homeowners, we’re constantly told that new builds are highly energy efficient and that old properties are prone to draughts, damp and rattling window frames. It’s certainly true that the thermal performance of homes has dramatically improved in the past decade, and that upgrading old properties with new features (such as replacing single glazing with double glazing) can help to reduce energy consumption. Here are some stats to show how energy efficiency has improved in the past few years, and how just a few simple tweaks to your home can help you significantly reduce your energy bills.
New homes can slash heating bills
According to a new report (The Advantages of New Homes) by the NHBC Foundation, a new domestic building that is developed in line with the latest building regulations could cost 50 per cent less to heat than an old, Victorian home of the same size (with uninsulated brick walls and single glazing). The report, which surveyed 2,000 people who had recently moved into a new home, said that this was largely due to the better draught-proofing capabilities and the general ‘airtightness’ of newly built properties.
Energy-efficient windows and doors
Even if you’re living in an older property, you can significantly reduce your energy consumption by installing new windows and doors. While upgrading your boiler, getting roof and cavity-wall insulation fitted, and implementing smart thermostats are great options for limiting your energy consumption, they can only be truly effective if your home is free from draughts and cold spots in the first place. Double and triple glazing is designed to stop heat escaping from your property, reducing the amount you have to use the central heating. We recently completed a new double glazing installation in Sutton to help reduce heat-loss.
Adding value to your home
Improving your home’s energy efficiency is not just beneficial in terms of keeping you comfortable, lowering your energy bills and reducing environmental impact: it can also add significant value to your property. According to This Is Money, boosting your home’s energy performance could increase its value by more than £16,000, simply because prospective buyers demand properties that are warm, affordable to run and that don’t waste energy.