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Home Energy Efficiency And Why You Should Care

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Most people strive to improve their home’s energy efficiency, which results in significant benefits. While some benefits seem apparent, like saving money, there are some other substantial benefits you may need to consider.

This article takes a deeper look at why making your home energy efficient or more energy efficient carries substantial long-term benefits for you, your family, and the future of our planet. We will also discuss other reasons why you want to take advantage of energy-saving upgrades and the ECO4 scheme.

Reasons Why Improving Your Energy Efficiency Is Essential

Innovators continuously strive to improve appliances, light bulbs, and other things in households that utilise energy to make them more energy efficient. There are several reasons why it is crucial to determine the most effective ways to improve energy efficiency in your home, and applying for the ECO4 scheme in 2023 can help make your home more energy-efficient even more affordable

#1. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Your carbon footprint is represented by the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from appliances and activities of a business, family or individual. Reducing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is vital as it is one of the significant contributors to climate change. When you reduce your carbon footprint, you actively make a difference in the environment and combat climate change.

#2. Save Money on Your Energy Bills and Decreasing Fuel Poverty

Another significant benefit of improving your domestic energy efficiency is to help lower your energy bills and save you money. Along with improving your energy efficiency, there are some additional ways you can save even more money, such as turning off extra lights when you leave a room or investing in newer energy-efficient appliances.

If your household is living in fuel poverty and spending 10% or more of your annual income on energy, improving the energy efficiency in your home is crucial. Factors associated with fuel poverty include:

  • High energy costs and expenses
  • Poor housing quality 
  • Lower-income

Fuel poverty is directly connected to poorer mental and physical health. Updating boilers, energy efficiency appliances, and other home measures provide permanent solutions for those living in fuel poverty, making their homes more affordable and comfortable. 

Programs like the ECO4 scheme in the UK deliver significant benefits that lead to health improvements, including mental health and reducing financial challenges related to having to pay higher expenses. Improving energy efficiency in homes provides great financial relief by making energy bills more affordable for low-income households, significantly improving happiness and mental well-being while preventing other mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.

#3. Improving Physical Health and the Warmth and Comfort in Your Home

You can’t put a price on being warm and comfortable in your home during the cold winters in the UK. When you make your home more energy-efficient by installing a new boiler, installing underfloor insulation and energy-efficient windows, sealing your home to prevent drafts and blocking out the heat from the sun, you will significantly improve your home’s comfort and overall health.

Making homes and buildings more energy-efficient significantly improves physical health and helps to reduce symptoms of cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, allergies, arthritis, rheumatism and other injuries.

Energy efficiency measures that improve living conditions also help lower winter mortality rates in colder climates and reduce the risk of dehydration and other adverse health issues in hotter climates. As weather extremes become more common, energy efficiency will become even more critical.

#5. Improving Air Quality and Temperature

You can significantly improve the air quality and temperature in your home by improving insulation, ventilation systems, underfloor insulation, and, updating and replacing boiler units and heating systems. This will help reduce allergies and respiratory issues.

The temperature inside your home will be easier to maintain at a comfortable, healthy level. Energy efficiency retrofits and updates in your home can help reduce indoor dampness, which can lead to mould growth that worsens many health conditions.

#5. Conserve Resources and Protect the Environment

Conserving resources has always been important. With the population growing on our planet, resources such as water and fossil fuels are crucial for our lives. When you make your home more energy efficient, it helps to conserve valuable resources.

Renewable energy sources like solar power also help reduce air pollution. It can also better protect the sensitive habitats that provide homes for wildlife.

#6. Increase the Value of Your Home and Property

Homebuyers and investors alike understand the value of improving the energy efficiency of their properties. Upgrades like energy star-rated appliances, underfloor insulation, cavity wall insulation, and other energy-saving measures can significantly increase the value of your home and property.

#7. Reduce Heat Loss

Many homes in the Midlands and surrounding areas would benefit significantly from being updated. Not only would it make them more energy efficient, but also help reduce the heat loss from your home, saving you money and keeping your home more comfortable.

How to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

There are many ways that you can improve the energy efficiency in your home and your EPC rating, including the following:

  • Installing underfloor insulation is an excellent way to improve the living conditions in your home and energy efficiency; however, it can be disruptive and expensive. You may be eligible for funding through the ECO4 scheme as applied today to determine if you qualify.
  • Install cavity wall insulation in your home to help prevent heat loss.
  • Installing insulation in your loft helps mitigate the risk of heat loss through the roof space. It is usually less expensive and easier to manage than updating your floors and effectively helps to reduce heat loss and reduce your monthly expenses.
  • Installing door and window seals to help reduce and prevent drafts can significantly improve your home energy efficiency; however, you also want to ensure that you have suitable ventilation to avoid dampness, mould and condensation.
  • Installing a new energy-efficient boiler is an ideal way to help improve your home’s energy efficiency.  You may be eligible to receive funding to help replace your old or broken boiler under the ECO4 scheme offered by the UK government by applying today to see if you qualify. 
  • Installing solid wall insulation can help improve the energy efficiency of your home; however, it is a more expensive option than cavity wall insulation, and you also lose some of the floor space in your home, requiring significant adjustments to things such as skirting boards, radiators and plug sockets along with increasing the risk of dampness in the cavity insulation space.
  • Installing external wall insulation may be your best option, depending on your home; however, it requires significant work.

Are You Ready to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient? Simply Eco Ltd. Can Help!

Even minor changes can significantly affect your home’s energy efficiency and EPC rating.  If your boiler is old or broken and needs to be upgraded, you may be eligible for a boiler replacement grant. Contact Simply Eco Ltd for help applying today.

Simply Eco Ltd helps households like yours in fuel poverty access carbon-saving and energy-efficient measures. Our team strives to provide excellent customer service in the Midlands and surrounding areas. Our services include boiler replacement, loft insulation, under floor insulation, and more.

Contact us for more information, and we look forward to helping you save money and improve your quality of living.

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