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How to make your home more energy efficient

Published: 27th October 2021

Winter is imminent and as the days become shorter and the cold weather sets in, our homes require more heating which can lead to increased energy bills. In this blog post we will reveal some of our top tips to make your home more energy efficient this winter.

Why energy efficiency is important

Something that is often talked about, especially during colder months, is how energy efficient your home is.
Energy efficiency refers to using minimal energy to complete a task without compromising on quality. An appliance or product can be deemed as energy efficient if it uses less energy than a traditional counterpart, therefore eliminating energy waste. In recent times energy efficiency is even more important as many people continue to work from home for the foreseeable future, therefore heating, lighting and other appliances are used throughout the day more frequently.

By implementing a few simple measures, you can lower your energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint and make it more economical to heat your home:

  • Replace an inefficient boiler - Building regulations stipulate that if you’re replacing your current boiler with a new one, it must be A-rated for energy efficiency. The main advantage modern boilers have in comparison to older alternatives is that they’re ‘condensing’. To summarise, a condensing boiler recovers more heat from the exhaust flue gas and uses it to heat the central heating water.

  • Upgrade your lighting - Darker mornings and longer evenings result in lights being switched on more frequently and for longer durations. By switching to energy efficient LED bulbs this can help cut costs on your energy bills in comparison to using traditional incandescent lights. 

  • Window dressings - Some curtains and blinds are manufactured with a heat retaining thermal layer, or alternatively a thick pair of curtains in a location where draughts enter the home is another effective way to manage thermal efficiency. By opening your curtains during the warmest parts of the day it allows the sunlight to flood into your home and when it starts to get darker, close them to retain as much heat as possible.  

  • Turn down the thermostat - It is recommended to set your thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature, typically between 18 to 21 degrees celsius. Your boiler will heat the house to the set temperature therefore it isn’t required to turn the heating up if the temperature drops outside. 

  • Windows and doors - Older windows and doors are one of the main reasons cold draughts seep into the home. By replacing your windows and doors with new energy efficient ones, you’re significantly improving heat retention within the home therefore cutting energy bills significantly.

  • Tackle draughts - If replacing your windows and doors isn’t a viable option, draught excluders and insulation strips are a cost effective solution and can assist in keeping cold draughts at bay.

Our windows and doors

With homes now required to be as energy efficient as possible, all windows installed by Lockwood Windows are compliant with the latest building regulations in regards to thermal efficiency. In conjunction with this, our windows come fitted with energy efficient Pilkington KS glass. This low emissivity glass helps achieve high energy ratings by reflecting heat back into the room whilst also allowing free heat from the sun to enter your home, providing some of the most energy efficient and secure windows and doors available on the market.

In addition to our PVCu windows we offer an extensive variety of thermally efficient composite doors. Consisting of a 48mm thick solid hardwood timber core, our composite doors are also fitted with Pilkington KS glass and manufactured with robust fade resistant thermo plastic door skins to maximise thermal efficiency. Reinforced with galvanised steel and fitted with a multi point Astral S locking cylinder, we are able to offer a door that is not just energy efficient but also exceptionally durable and secure.

To receive a free no obligation quote give our friendly team a call on 01484 519677 or contact us to learn more about our thermally efficient windows and doors.