Transforming your property into a ‘green’ home is mostly about changes you can make to the inside of the house. For example, you can install carpet to absorb more heat or even change the colour scheme, so it doesn’t reflect UV rays. That is all well and good, but there is only so much you can do to the inside of your house.
The next step is to look at the exterior. Yes, that’s right, the exterior of your property can make your home more energy efficient. Just take a look at the tips below. Prepared to be shocked and amazed!
Doors take up quite a proportion of any property. Depending on how big your house is, you could have up to four or five external doors. And, if they are not installed properly, each one of these doors could be losing tonnes of heat without you realising. The problem with heat transfer is that you cannot see it happening. However with doors, you can feel it happening. Any door that lets in a draft of cold air needs fixing as the air from the outside is coming inside and making your home colder. That means you spend more money trying to replace the heat loss with central heating and other expensive techniques.
Windows work exactly the same way as doors. In fact, windows are maybe more important because there are normally more of them. As a result, the heat loss is more extreme. Again, you might need to reinstall your windows properly due to age or because they were not installed properly in the first place. Or, you might need double glazing. Double glazing is an effective method of keeping cold air outside because it has a vacuum that traps it and stops it from entering the house.
The right lighting will add the cherry on top of the cake that is the outside of your home. As you may already be aware if you have external lights, they can create a perfect tone, especially at night. However, they are expensive because they use a lot of electricity. As appliances go, lights are probably the most inefficient appliance there is, which is obviously not a good thing. You have two options: either take them out or replace them. If you want to keep your home looking pretty and slash your energy usage, replace them with energy-efficient light bulbs. These light bulbs are initially expensive, but they save a lot of money in the future.
Cover Up The Cracks
All properties have tiny cracks and openings that the homeowner does not know about. The fact that they are so small makes them hard to spot. But, trust me, they are there! Take a look at the outside of your home and see if you can spot any in the foundations. The roof is also a good place to look. One slate that slips could be costing you a fortune in energy.
Simply cover them up and your home will retain a lot more heat than before!