Over the last decade or so, homeowners have moved toward upgrading to more energy-efficient homes. Homeowners should ask themselves these two questions: which upgrades will save the most money on energy costs, and which will add the most value to my home? For those starting out, we provide simple upgrade ideas that are energy-efficient, easy on the eyes, and cost-effective.
1. Energy-Efficient Ceiling Fans
Making the responsible decision to reduce your carbon footprint seems easy, but changing your lifestyle and the way you use energy can be more challenging. To start, ceiling fans can be an excellent way to improve your home energy usage. They come in an array of shapes and sizes and can have a significant impact on your heating and cooling costs.
2. Light Bulb Upgrades
Energy-efficient lighting helps lower electricity bills and carbon dioxide emissions, all without reducing the quality of light in our homes. If you replace all the bulbs in your home with energy-efficient bulbs, you could reduce your carbon emissions by up to 40kg a year. Additionally, replacing only one 60W incandescent light bulb with a CFL bulb—perhaps one of the most common energy-saving light bulbs around—can reduce your electricity bill by around £7 a year, so replacing 10 light bulbs with energy-savers could save you £70 a year.
3. Energy-Efficient Window Materials
Energy-efficient windows come in a range of frame materials and styles, and their energy performance depends on how well the materials work. From stopping heat from passing through to how much sunlight travels through the glass and how little air can leak around the window—there are a few things to consider. Energy-efficient windows are made of two or three glass panes sealed in a single unit, surrounded by a frame made from uPVC, wood, or another material. Double-glazed windows have two sheets of glass with a gap in between, usually about 16mm, while triple-glazed windows have three sheets of glass and two gaps—both of which are great insulators.
4. Energy-Efficient Doors
Like any other part of the home, doors can be insulated and draught-proofed to prevent heat escaping. Composite doors are one of the most energy-efficient home improvements you can choose. All aspects of the Supercraft Endurance doors are designed to give you total peace of mind—whether you’re looking for improved security, thermal efficiency, or style. When you invest in an energy-efficient composite door, you’re not only choosing one of the strongest and most secure designs but saving on energy costs throughout the year.