Recently, I have become obsessed with the ideal of reducing living costs and creating a more sustainable, energy efficient home. While I found that the Internet was well-populated with like-minded and informative articles, however, what was lacking was practical advice on where to start. This was until I stumbled across Property Rescue’s energy saving graphic, which broke down the concept of energy efficiency and offered a clear insight into where I should make modifications to my property.

What are the Main Obstacles to an Energy Efficient Home

So, here are three of the main problems I identified and the solutions that I used to address them:


1

Heat Loss through the Roof of my Home
I was already familiar with the concept of loft insulation, although by owning a larger property I was not fortunate enough to have this within my home. I was staggered that so much heat was lost through a loft space; however, even accounting for the fact that heat rises once it has been emitted. I quickly hired an affordable contractor to inspect my loft space and offer a quote for insulating the roof and interior. I am reliably informed that this will prevent heat from escaping during the winter months, and that over time this should translate into huge savings.

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2

The Loss of Energy through Cracks and Gaps
One of the most surprising aspects of my fact-finding mission was that such a large amount of energy could be lost through small cracks and drafts in windows, walls and doors. Up to 20% of all household energy is lost this way, which accounts for huge emissions and a great deal of money. To correct this, I installed draft excluders on all external doors, before using Polyfilla to negate any large, surface cracks. I also used my contractor to insulate all cavity walls, preventing heat from escaping in the longer term.


3

Not all Appliances are Created Equal
On a final note, I was also surprised to discover that there was such a difference between alternative types of appliance and gadgets. While I had some understanding of energy-rated appliances that were more cost-effective than others, I had no idea that there was such a difference between laptops and desktops and similar gadgets. Apparently, desktop computers consume up to 85% more energy than laptops, so I replaced the PC with a portable computer and am looking forward to savings of up to £20 in the next year.