Houses in the UK aren’t renowned for being overly energy efficient which is something more and more of us are noticing now that the energy prices are rising. No matter how eco-friendly you try to be in your day to day life, certain things around your home can be contributing to you having a larger carbon footprint than you might like. Let’s take a look at a few things that may be causing an issue and how to fix them:
Replacing Your Old Conservatory Roof
Adding a uPVC and glass conservatory to your home was a big trend in the 90’s – They helped to add extra space to the floor plan of a house and extra value, so naturally, they were popping up everywhere. The only issue with this now is that those conservatories added 30 years ago just aren’t up to scratch when it comes to being energy efficient – they can be draughty, cost a fortune to heat in winter and be sauna-like in the summer. Luckily there is a solution!
The manufacturing technology for the products used in glass roof conservatories has come on leaps and bounds in the past decade. Nowadays you can use sustainable building products to fit a replacement roof to a conservatory that will not only give it a whole new lease of life but also make it more energy-efficient and money-saving at the same time.
The glass used in conservatory roofs, by companies such as SEHBAC, has unique benefits which help add to its eco-credentials. Firstly it surpasses the thermal performance levels required by building regs meaning you won’t need to find ways to heat it to a reasonable temperature in winter. Secondly, the glass is also solar controlled so that it can deflect the heat of the sun when it reaches a suitable temperature so that your sunroom doesn’t turn into a sauna come the first hint of warmer weather. The third benefit is that the glass can be coated with a covering to make it self cleaning – it can burn off dirt using the sun’s energy which then gets rinsed clean by rain (no more need for cleaning chemicals!)
It’s well worth popping down to your local showroom to discuss what can be done to renovate your current conservatory to make it more energy-efficient.
Improve Draughty Windows and Doors
Did you know that a 3mm gap under a standard door could let in as much of a draught as a 6cm diameter hole in a wall – how crazy is that! I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t be happy with a 6cm hole anywhere in my house and would be blocking it up straight away, yet lots of us have draughty front doors and do nothing about it. The easiest way to fix draughty windows and doors is by replacing the seals, it’s a job you can do yourself if you’re comfortable with a bit of DIY.
You might also want to check your uPVC doors to see if they need adjusting at the hinges, if a door isn’t sitting correctly in the frame (this can just happen over time so it’s always worth checking) then it won’t form a good seal and can let draughts in.
Central Heating Maintenance
Making sure that your central heating system is running efficiently can make a big difference in how much energy it uses. Radiators, or rather the water that runs through them, can become dirty with ‘sludge’ which is a mixture of dirt and rust that can build up over time. Too much sludge can stop the water from flowing properly around the system and cause cold spots.
We’ve got a MagnaCleanse filter system installed in the airing cupboard that takes care of this issue for us but you can do a manual flush of the system (or it is something heating engineers will offer) to clear the sludge out.
It’s also important to make sure that your heating system is balanced to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. There’s nothing worse than being nice and toasty in one room and then freezing in another, it’s annoying for you and it’s making your boiler work overtime.
If you have TRV valves on your radiators they should be set to the lowest level that keeps the room comfortable, turning them up higher won’t make a room heat up any quicker it’ll just mean the room eventually gets up to a higher temperature.
Have you come across any handy tips for around the home that can help make it run more energy efficiently?