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Making the most of energy efficiency in the home

Here's why now is a better time than any to replace your windows if you’re looking to improve energy efficiency in your home.
By Editorial on Feb 28th, 2018   @freelotteriesuk

Homeowners are inherently energy conscious. However, with many saying they still consider using even the most traditional methods in order to stay warm, it’s clear there’s a lack of understanding on what can be done within our home to save heat, energy and money, and make our living conditions more comfortable.

If you’re looking for different ways to reduce the cost of your fuel bills, installing modern, energy efficient glazing is one way to do this. Many new windows have improved thermal efficiency, meaning your energy costs can reduce and provide a warmer environment. Using less fuel also reduces carbon (CO2) emissions by an average of one tonne a year per household, helping to minimise your impact on the environment.

Here, not-for-profit consumer advice website MyGlazing.com explains why now is a better time than any to replace your windows if you’re looking to improve energy efficiency in your home.

Money saving

Did you know that up to 24 per cent of a home’s heat can be lost through inefficient windows? According to our most recent survey, 62 per cent of homeowners had no idea. So if you’re struggling to keep warm at home, this could be why.

By replacing old and inefficient windows with energy efficient glazing, the average household in the UK could save up to £215 on their heating bills each year.

Use MyGlazing.com’s Energy Savings Calculator to see how you could improve your energy outgoings if you upgraded your windows.

Home improvement

In a recent survey we conducted with the Great British Public, we found two thirds of homeowners carry out large-scale home improvement projects every year. This ranges from window and roof replacements, to extensions or refurbished interiors such as new kitchens and bathrooms. The average homeowner spent around £3,370 on home improvement in 2016.

Of those surveyed, new windows topped the list of desired improvements (33 per cent), closely followed by new doors (32 per cent).

The reasons behind investing in large scale home improvements vary, but it’s clear many are undertaking renovations to improve their energy efficiency. While many said they would install new windows and doors to increase the value of their home, 35 per cent said saving energy was a key factor for their home improvements.

Installing new windows and doors doesn’t need to mean months of upheaval, unlike other major improvements. Use our site to find your local, reputable installer and when the project is complete, not only will you begin to see the difference in your energy bills, but your home will also look like it’s been transformed.

Quality of life

Thermal wallpaper, water-saving shower heads and cavity wall insulation; these are just some of the innovative products sweeping the nation, as homeowners become increasingly focused on energy efficiency.

Research has shown that awareness and usage of the energy saving products currently available varies depending on where you’re from in the UK. Of all the energy efficiency options available, you’re most likely to find people in:

  • Wales using energy saving lightbulbs
  • The South West reaching for a blanket
  • The North East with cavity wall insulation
  • East Anglia with loft insulation and/or window insulating film on their windows. They also are the most likely to simply turn the heating down in a bid to save energy
  • The East Midlands using voltage optimisation devices
  • Scotland making the most of draught excluders
  • The West Midlands having solar panels installed
  • The North West simply wearing extra layers of clothes when they’re cold
  • Northern Ireland with secondary glazing installed
  • Yorkshire with thermal wallpaper and/or energy efficient windows and doors installed

Very few people are aware of the direct impact that poor thermal performance of windows and doors has on the quality of life of people living in the home. Rather than investing in multiple tactics and mechanisms in order to improve your home’s energy efficiency, a one-off investment in new windows and doors could simultaneously impact your energy footprint, fuel saving and energy costs.

James Lee is director of marketing at MyGlazing.com.