Energy efficiency improvements are no doubt vital and Brits are consistently reminded of the benefits of adopting low carbon and sustainable technologies.
However, when making such changes to the home it is important to think carefully about they fit in with the rest of your property.
Those who live in a historical residence will in particular be limited to the improvements they can install, as many conservation guidelines will not permit technologies such as solar panels
Andrew Eagles, managing director at Sustainable Homes, explained: “There are a variety of options for improving homes. Not all will suit each property, but some that are generally useful.”
Such measures are generally focused on reducing the amount of energy wasted on “space heating” and include insulation in lofts and ceiling and draught reduction measures.
New double glazing
is a particularly key energy efficiency technique, as it improves the heat retention of properties and is suitable for all homes.
Mr Eagles also recommends investing in an efficient boiler and thermostat, in addition to low-energy light bulbs.
Combined, these measures have the potential to both reduce a property’s carbon foot print and lower energy costs, while maintaining the integrity of a home.
This will come as a relief for many, following the end of a financial year in which the price of fuel skyrocketed.
However, this week the government announced that the big six energy suppliers in the UK will need to write to customers once a year to inform them of the best tariff available, following the revelation that seven out of ten Brits paying high energy costs are not on the correct policy.
What’s more, it was revealed that in 2010, 75 per cent of people didn’t change their tariff, despite rising energy costs.
It is hoped that by making tariffs more transparent and encouraging people to implement energy efficiency measures British housing stock will become more sustainable and cheaper to run.