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Investments around the home that could save you money

Energy savings that can really add up

We'd all like to save money in our homes and without knowing it, money may be leaving your pocket through your roof, walls, windows or out-dated electrical products. Investing now could lead to long-term savings and help increase the value of your home.

Sources

  1. http://www.energy-saving-experts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/U-Value-fact-sheet.pdf
    http://www.bre.co.uk/filelibrary/SAP/2012/SAP-2012_9-92.pdf
  2. http://www.which.co.uk/energy/creating-an-energy-saving-home/guides/how-to-buy-loft-insulation/loft-insulation-costs-and-savings/
  3. http://www.which.co.uk/energy/creating-an-energy-saving-home/guides/cavity-wall-insulation/cavity-wall-insulation-costs-and-savings/
  4. http://www.house-extension.co.uk/windows-and-doors/how-much-does-double-glazing-cost/
  5. http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/content/energy-efficient-windows
  6. http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/content/replacing-my-boiler
  7. http://www.renewgreenenergy.co.uk/heat-recovery-ventilation/heat-recovery-ventilation-system-costs-savings
  8. https://www.cse.org.uk/advice/advice-and-support/hot-water-cylinders
  9. http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/draught-proofing-your-home

Where money leaves your home (1)

  • Roof - 30%
  • Glazing - 13%
  • Floors - 5%
  • Doors - 5%
  • Walls - 47%

Loft insulation

Heat rises - so the potential to lose heat (and money) through your roof is high. By adding insulation you'll reduce the loss and save money.

  • Cost: £395
  • Annual saving: £240
  • Pays for itself in: 2yrs

Approximate cost based on a 4 bedroom detached house (2)

Cavity wall insulation

Think of this as wrapping a blanket around your home, keeping everything toasty without having to turn up the heating.

  • Cost: £870
  • Annual saving: £250
  • Pays for itself in: 3-4yrs

Approximate cost based on a 4 bedroom detached house (3)

Double glazing

Adding double glazing helps retain heat saving money on your energy bill.

  • Cost: £3.3k
  • Annual saving: £110
  • Adds long term value to your property

Based on a semi-detached house with 10 casement windows (4)

Added value overall

By replacing your windows with energy-efficient windows you'll see many benefits. In the short-term you'll reduce your energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint and reduce noise pollution. The annual savings might look modest but new windows add to the overall value of your home. (5)

Hot water cylinder

By insulating your hot water tank you can reduce heat loss by over 75%. You could also lag your pipes and make even more savings.

  • Cost: £15
  • Annual saving: £49
  • Pays for itself in: 6months

Approximate cost based on a 4 bedroom detached house (6)

Heat recovery system

These not only reduce the amount of heat your house loses, they deliver fresher air and help reduce allergy suffering.

  • Cost: £2.5k
  • Annual saving: £352
  • Pays for itself in: 7yrs

Based on a 4 bedroom detached house (7)

Upgrade your boiler

Your boiler accounts for around 55% of your annual energy costs. An efficient boiler can mean big savings.

  • Cost: £2k
  • Annual saving: £255
  • Pays for itself in: 7-8yrs
  • Based on a semi-detached house, with a current F-rated boiler (8)

    Draught proofing

    A very simple way to reduce wasted energy and bills. From gaps round door, to letterboxes and fireplaces, small changes can make a big difference.

    • Cost: £100
    • Annual saving: £25
    • Pays for itself in: 4yrs

    Based on Energy Trust figures (9)

    • (1) http://www.energy-saving-experts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/U-Value-fact-sheet.pdf
    • (2) http://www.which.co.uk/energy/creating-an-energy-saving-home/guides/how-to-buy-loft-insulation/loft-insulation-costs-and-savings/
    • (3) http://www.which.co.uk/energy/creating-an-energy-saving-home/guides/cavity-wall-insulation/cavity-wall-insulation-costs-and-savings/
    • (4) http://www.house-extension.co.uk/windows-and-doors/how-much-does-double-glazing-cost/
    • (5) http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/content/energy-efficient-windows
    • (6) http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/content/replacing-my-boiler
    • (7) http://www.renewgreenenergy.co.uk/heat-recovery-ventilation/heat-recovery-ventilation-system-costs-savings
    • (8) http://www.cse.org.uk/advice/advice-and-support/hot-water-cylinder-insulation
    • (9) http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic-draught-proofing-your-home