Improving our use of energy in the home is important for many reasons; not just for saving money on energy bills, but also to increase the levels of comfort and reduce climate change.
There are many options available to homeowners and here we look at 4 options that can be considered:
Improving the level of insulation in the attic is one of the more cost-effective ways to improve energy efficiency in the home.
How much insulation to install in your attic (and what type of insulation to use) can depend on a variety of factors (e.g. will the attic be used a living space?). Typically 300mm to 400 mm of insulation would be a suitable target, however the actual amount will also depend on the performance level of the insulation selected.
This G3 Touch video outlines one particular attic insulation product:
Upgrading Heating Controls
By installing zoned heating controls to your system, you can reduce the fuel costs required for heating your home. Heating can be supplied when and where it is needed. If you are planning to upgrade your boiler and/or heating control system, SEAI grants are available under the Better Energy Homes Scheme.
To find out more about upgrading heating controls – check out this Energycentre video:
Installation of Solar Panels:
Incorporating renewable energy can help reduce energy costs, as space and water heating account for over 70% of energy used in the home. A solar collector system can provide around 60% of annual hot water needs.
This video outlines the steps that are involved in the installation of Solar Panels:
When considering improving wall insulation, there are many choices available to the homeowner. Certain factors such as the wall construction, location of property and cost, will have an influence on the upgrade strategy and whether the homeowner ultimately chooses internal, external or cavity fill insulation.
For refurbishment, external insulation is an ideal option, as it ensures a more effective way to eliminate cold bridges and reduces heat loss. However, it is very important that correct materials are used and that workmanship is of the highest quality.
This video provides more details: