Want to make your home more energy efficient?
The Covid-19 pandemic has meant many of us have spent more time in our homes than normal. If you’re one of the 49.2% of adults currently working from home as a result of social distancing measures you’re probably seeing your home through new eyes. Home-working was on the rise before the pandemic but there is now an expectation that many of us will continue to work at least partly from home for the foreseeable future – meaning our homes will be even more important going forward.
How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
The best homes are those which are comfortable to live in. Buildings which are warm in the winter, cool in the summer and which are simple and affordable to run. Making your home more energy efficient will improve your lifestyle, cut your fuel bills and reduce your impact on the wider environment.
But how do you actually go about making your home more energy efficient? And how can you be sure that you are taking the right approach – for your unique property, your individual circumstances and your budget?
Well, the good news is that you don’t need to go it alone. CLPM’s expert energy efficiency team can work with you to help you understand what approach to take – and highlight the best things you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
How do we work?
Step 1. Review Your Needs
We will always treat you as an individual.
Our work with you will begin with a direct and prolonged conversation with both you (and your architect or designer if appropriate), to understand your situation.
We will aim to find out how you live in your house, what issues you might be experiencing and what your aims are. We’ll also clarify what your financial situation is – both in the immediate and longer term. For example, are you able to make a large investment now to make ongoing savings later?
This specific, tailored approach is reflected in the recommendations we provide. Our advice is always bespoke and aims to help you make your home more energy efficient in a way that makes financial sense for you. By understanding your individual circumstances, we will ensure our recommendations take into account your family’s needs, your priorities and your financial considerations.
Step 2. Inspect Your Property and Architectural Plans
Where possible, the next stage in the process involves a full inspection and review of your property, as well as any architectural plans you might have.
We will evaluate the location, assess the current state of the building and the utility supply etc. and check the viability of any current improvement ideas or plans.
Completing this review allows us to calculate the current energy performance of your home, and use this as the baseline for improvement. It allows us to highlight any obvious issues or ‘quick wins’ and means we can gather enough information to help us pull together our detailed recommendations.
Step 3. Suggest How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
The next step is for us to prepare our report and recommendations.
Here our aim is to provide you with an assessment of your current property and put forward a variety of options – with their associated pros and cons – to help you boost the energy performance of the building.
The way we do this is by running thermal models – which estimate the annual energy use and peak heating load. We then re-run the model for different levels of insulation. We’ll also consider air tightness. By doing this we can illustrate how your property’s energy usage will drop as the insulation and air tightness levels increase.
This model can then be used to drive your decision behind any revisions that might be needed to your heating system – as the two are linked. Generally the greater the investment in the fabric of the building, the smaller the energy requirement and the lower the cost of the heating system.
Step 4. Discuss and Agree Next Steps
Your report will be a thorough and property-specific evaluation of the improvements we have suggested – such as how to improve the U-values of your property via insulation or better glazing, as well as other ideas on draught-proofing or air tightness. If required we’ll also detail what the most appropriate heating and hot water action points would be.
Our work is always tailored to each individual client’s needs, and during this process we will always try to highlight any other opportunities we see. This may include measures such as installing systems for harvesting and storing rainwater, or generating power via a solar PV array. Other areas we would pick up would include a risk assessment of your home to see if it runs the chance of having over-heating or ventilation issues.
Our recommendations will give indications on the cost of investment, the grants available and the payback period we would expect based on the various recommendations, so that you can make a financially informed decision.
Note. We understand that much of the information we present is quite technical. Our experts will be on hand to clarify any points and discuss your next steps as required.
Step 5. Help you Organise the Work
Your report will help guide you towards a more efficient home, and once you have decided exactly what you want to do, will help to outline the steps you will need to take in simple, practical terms.
If you would like us to write a brief to gather quotations for the building works – whether that is for the construction works to improve your home or the installation of a new heating or energy generation system – we can help prepare that for you. Likewsie if your home needs a significant amount of work then we’re happy to organise and oversee the works for you too.
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Independent, Expert Advice
We want to help you make informed decisions when designing and building your home, both for the environment and your household. Our team have over 25 years experience of giving energy efficiency and heating system advice, and we never take commission from 3rd parties – so you can rest assured that all the advice we give will be in your best interests.
If you’d like to make your home more energy efficient we’d love to hear from you. For a chat and a free no obligation quote simply call us on 01923 896550, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete a contact form.