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Sustainability Series: Boosting efficiency – it’s time to go back to basics

If you’re looking to improve the energy efficiency of a customer’s property or even that of your own, the key is to remember to go back to basics and look at the fabric of the home first.

The first step should be to look at a building’s level of insulation and air tightness. By adding insulation and looking to address any heat loss, anywhere from 10% to 50% can be saved on energy bills alone.

The loft is a great place to start, because more than 40% of all the heat lost in an average home is through the loft space and walls (according to the National Insulation Association).

The same principle applies to adding or updating wall insulation in homes with solid walls or unfilled cavity walls. These can also be major areas where heat is lost.

The next step should then be to reduce heat loss through air leakage. Check out the windows, old single glazed windows should be replaced with modern double or triple glazed windows, which will dramatically improve the air tightness of a building. It’s also worth noting that any PVC windows installed before 2002 can have their glass replaced and upgraded to an A-rated standard.

Draft proofing is another activity to consider, not only around doors and windows, but also loft hatches, electronic fittings, floorboards and skirting boards. The main benefit of this is that it’s not only extremely effective but also has the advantage of being quick and easy to install.

Before starting any refurbishment works it can be hugely beneficial to get some expert advice. If you’d like further guidance when it comes to sustainable refurbishments – talk to the branch team in your local Jewson. To find your nearest branch visit: http://www.jewson.co.uk/branch-locator/