If you have an older home then it is probably less
energy efficient than a newer home, this is because
older homes are less well insulated compared to their
modern counterparts. With rising energy costs,
it’s important to think of ways to improve your Home’s
We have created a number of steps on how you
can maximize the Energy Efficiency in your older Home.
Step: 1 Insulate your Attic
Firstly, ( if you haven’t already ) you should consider insulating
your Attic as this can have a major impact on a home’s
energy efficiency, and significantly reduce your heating costs.
According to SEAI Attic insulation alone can cut your
Heating Bills by as much as 20%.
The best types of insulation available now are blow-in spray foam options.
Insulating an attic can be a fairly easy DIY project, most home improvement
stores like woodies etc, carry rolls of insulation and offer advice and tips on how to
insulate your attic, see here : How to insulate your Attic
Step: 2: Insulate your Hot Water Cylinder
Insulate your hot water heater Cylinder and associated pipes, again a lot of heat can be lost by
having a poorly insulated Cylinder and Pipes so buy and fit an insulation Jacket to your Hot
water Cylinder, these are available in most Home and DIY stores.
Step: 3: Check your Windows and Doors
If it’s financially feasible then replace old windows and doors with
newer energy efficient options, if this is not an option then do the following:
Check for drafts and seal air leaks use draft excluders under your Doors.
Add clear plastic coating or insulating Film to windows to improve their energy efficiency,
see: Windows insulation film here. Also Add quilted curtains; these are great
and can help you keep the heat from escaping via your
windows. See: How to Make Quilted Curtains
Step: 4: Zone your Heating
Zone you’re heating so that it’s more in line with your living patterns.
If you have central heating system then Install TRV’s
(Thermostatic radiator valves) on your radiators,
this will allow you set the temperature in a room to suit how it is being used,
IE: set higher temperatures in rooms that are used by your family during the day
and the lower temperatures in rooms that are not in use ( the bedrooms) until the evening,
this will help you make significant savings on your home heating bills.
Step: 5: Upgrade your Heating system and appliances
Unless you’ve bought new appliances in the past 10 years,
you’re spending extra money to keep those appliances running.
If you’re considering upgrading then upgrade to A rated appliances.
There are grants available to help your upgrade your old Home Heating
Boiler and controls, See details of our Boiler upgrade service here
These are just some ideas.
Watch this space for more…
The Entech Team..