Properties lose heat through a number of outlets including the roof, windows, walls and floor. As such, energy efficiency has become incredibly important in order to trim heating bills and stay environmentally friendly.
For windows, improving energy efficiency involves the installation of double glazing, triple glazing or even secondary glazing for listed buildings and properties in conservation areas.
Energy efficiency of properties is now extremely important for those wanting to sell their home too. With ratings from A-G (A being the most efficient), potential buyers can see the efficiency of a property and work out energy bills before making an offer.
The efficiency of homes is reflected in the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which also factors in renewable technology, particularly solar panels. To receive top income rates from the Government’s feed-in tariff scheme concerning solar panels, properties must have an EPC of at least a D rating.
The benefits of energy-efficient windows
- Smaller energy bills: By switching the single paned windows in your home with B-rated double glazing you can save around £200 a year on heating bills.
- A reduced carbon footprint: As you’re using less fuel to heat your home there’ll be fewer carbon emissions created and released into the atmosphere. Double glazing can save 680kg annually on CO2.
- A more comfortable home: By replacing your windows you’ll eliminate draughts and cold spots in your home. This is turn will make it a more comfortable home.
- Peace and quiet: It’s not just heat that energy efficiency can make an impact against. The efficient units will even keep noise out, leaving you in peace and quiet throughout the year.
- Reduced condensation: Condensation can be a nightmare for many homes, damaging frames and curtains. The efficiency of double glazing helps to prevent condensation build-up.
Of course, there is no set price for how much you’d expect to pay on double glazing. Costs will differ between properties depending on the size of the window, the materials you choose to use and the installer who carries out the fitting. However, once installed you should expect the benefits of double glazing to last for more than 20 years.
Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share
- Replacing your inefficient windows with double glazing will help you save up to £200 a year on expensive household bills.
- Installing double glazing is an environmentally friendly option, slashing carbon by 680kg annually.
- As well as a monetary saving, double glazing will cut condensation and reduce noise pollution.
- Switching your old windows will boost your property’s EPC rating and make your home a more attractive buy in the market.
- For homes in Conservation Areas, consider secondary glazing to make energy savings when double glazing isn’t permitted.
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