We’re all starting to think about making our homes more energy efficient.  It’s better for the environment and better for your finances.  But which jobs should we do first, to make savings straight away?

Grab a pen and add these home improvements to your list.

Stop The Heat Loss

Most of the heat escapes from your home through the roof and windows.  So, the first thing to improve in terms of energy efficiency are these two main areas.

Insulating your home properly is really important. Take a look in your loft or attic space and see whether you already have any insulation.  The price of loft insulation will depend on whether you are installing it from scratch or topping up what’s already there. 

Windows are the next part of your home to look at.  Single glazing or poorly fitting frames will allow heat to escape.  Think about installing double glazing or sealing up gaps where draughts are getting through.

Fixing these two big issues will lower your energy use.

Keeping The House Cool

On the flipside of this, if you’re living in warmer climes or find you’re needing to use air conditioning more than you’d like, there are more window improvements to consider.

Modern glazing can now efficiently reflect heat back away from the home thanks to special coatings.  It is also worth considering installing window shades made from a cell or honeycomb structure as these will also help stop the sun from overheating your home.

These two tips should help you control the temperature of your home more efficiently.

Use The Sun

It’s not all about keeping the sun away from your home though.  Installing solar panels are growing in popularity as people begin to see the effects of climate change on our planet.  The cost can be a concern but they do save you money on your utility bills and do add value to your home at the same time.

A Lightbulb Moment

The final improvement on this list will also save you money on your bills and make your home more environmentally friendly.  And it doesn’t need any expert help. 

Switching your old incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs for new energy efficient ones is a cheap and easy improvement.  LED bulbs use much less energy and will last