There are so many ways you can have a smarter home. Here is to get you thinking (don’t worry, we’ll take care of all of it for you).
New windows can improve the look of your home, but are also a great way to improve home comfort and reduce your energy bill. They can even reduce noise. Double-glazed windows have two sheets of glass with a gap in between, usually about 16mm, to create an insulating barrier that keeps heat in. Even windows in conservation areas can be changed. Changing one window can on average cost £3-400 per window, fitting included.
Get a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can connect to the internet and give you greater control over your heating, not matter where you are. Features typically include remote access through your laptop or mobile, standards setting controls and information about how much energy your heating system is using. A smart thermostat can cost between £100-200.
Blow some insulation into your walls. About a third of all the heat lost in an uninsulated home escapes through the walls. Most houses built from the 1990s onwards have wall insulation to keep the heat in, but if your house is older than that it may not have any wall insulation. If your house was built after the 1920s, it is likely to have cavity walls. Installation costs can range from around £3-400 for a flat to around £700 for a detached house.
See the light and change light bulbs. Energy efficient LED lights use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting. Lighting may seem like a small thing in your overall energy use, but when millions of Brits come home from work sometime between 5-7pm and turn on the lights, it is not that small anymore.
And how old is that boiler? Heating accounts for about 60 per cent of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference. All modern boilers are condensing boilers, which needs access to a drain either internally or externally. You might have to change the position of the boiler if access to drain is difficult.Large families using lots of hot water are likely to be better off with a regular boiler, whereas smaller households using less may be better off with a combi boiler. Installing a new combination boiler can cost between £2000-£5000, depending on factors such as whether you need new radiators, wireless thermostat, new hot water cylinder and so on.