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Top tips for making your home more energy efficient

Published: 16th October 2020

With winter looming and the weather turning from bad to worse, it’s time to start thinking about how you can make your home more energy efficient.

In this blog post we reveal our top tips for home improvements and how these measures can help you reduce your energy bills.

Why is energy efficiency important?

Energy efficiency refers to the practice of minimising energy use without compromising for a loss of quality. To put this into context, a product can be classified as energy efficient if it uses less energy than a traditional alternative to complete the same task.

Installing energy efficiency updates, such as new windows or doors, can lead to a wealth of benefits, including:

  • Your home will retain more heat and prevent cold air from seeping in
  • You can save money on your energy bills
  • Reduce the risk of damp and mould in your home
  • Minimise your impact on the environment

New & replacement windows

To become more energy efficient it’s vital to ensure that all the windows in your home use double glazing and low emissivity (Low E) glass.

At Lockwood Windows we use Pilkington KS Glass for all new and replacement glazed windows and doors. Pilkington KS Glass is certified as Low E and often features a seamless coating of metal oxide on the internal panes. The Low E glass has been specifically designed to allow heat and light in and reduce the amount of thermal energy from escaping.

New & replacement doors

The next step in creating a more energy efficient home is to insulate your doors. To prevent heat from escaping and stop the cold from getting in, doors can be insulated and draught proofed.

In line with the latest building regulations, all new external doors are required to include an effective draught proofing system. New external doors often feature integrated insulation systems which reduce heat loss and ensure your home complies with the most recent regulations.

If you’re not looking to replace the doors in your home there is a range of short-term fixes you can implement to draught proof your home, such as:

  • Keyhole - You can buy a cut-to-size cover for your keyhole
  • Letterbox - You can fit draught proofing strips around your letterbox
  • Gaps - The most common gaps in doors tend to be at the bottom or around the edges. To prevent heat from escaping you can install draught proofing strips in these areas.

In addition to enhanced heat retention, draught proofed and insulated doors can help homeowners save up to £20 per year on energy bills.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can reduce your energy usage and save money on your bills, contact our expert team on 01484 519677 or via this form.