We’re all very familiar with how cold Scottish winters can be and the one place you really don’t want to be able to feel the chilly winter weather is in your home.
In just over four month’s time, another Scottish winter will officially begin, so if your home isn’t as energy efficient as it needs to be to fight off the cold, now is the time to change that.
You may not know your home’s current energy efficiency rating. This information can be found on your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – it will be rated from A-G.
If you don’t have an EPC, you really need one, as without it, you cannot sell or rent out your property. An accredited Domestic Energy Assessor can get one organised for you. Click here to find a local assessor.
To get in reach of an A-rating, you need to implement these sorts of energy efficient measures first:
Double or triple glazed windows and doors
Inefficient windows and doors are very often responsible for a high amount of heat loss from homes – up to 25% of overall heat loss.
That percentage heat loss will be far lower if you have double or triple glazed windows and doors fitted. We have our own exclusive replacement window range, UPVC Extreme Windows, which are A+ rated, endorsed by the Energy Saving Trust and have the Secured by Design accreditation.
They will save you lots of money, as will our many different door styles – it’s estimated you could save £170 yearly on energy bills.
If you ever go boiler shopping, take notice of the ErP (Energy related Products Directive) rating of each model as that tells you how energy efficient it is – most will have an A-rating.
Is your boiler rather old? If so, its ErP rating probably isn’t great. Without regular servicing, it could also be more likely to break down than a new model.
The cost of buying a new boiler isn’t cheap, but the Energy Saving Trust says it can save you £340 a year, so the heavy investment will be worth it.
In an uninsulated property, a high proportion of heat is loft through its roof – up to a quarter of heat loss can occur in this way.
Make sure that you have loft insulation installed in your loft, attic or roof space. It doesn’t cost much, and if it’s good quality insulation, it can last for at least 40 years.
There are approved insulation installers available to fit loft insulation and you can find one close to your home on the National Insulation Association website, if you don’t feel qualified to fit it yourself.
UPVC Extreme Windows are just one of many energy efficient products offered by Bon Accord. You can get a FREE no obligation quote from us for any of them.
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