Making an Old Home More Energy Efficient

Old homes can be costly to run. Not only do they require more repairs, they’re also less energy efficient, which means much higher energy bills. Making a few upgrades to your old home could make it as green as a newer home, lowering your utility costs and increasing your home’s value. Here are just a few methods to consider when making an older home more eco-friendly.

Install new doors and windows

A lot of heat can be lost through old doors and windows. Upgrading to UPVC doors and windows could help to keep heat in and have you using up less gas. DIY methods like fitting draft excluders and insulated window film may have some impact if you’d prefer to preserve your home’s windows and doors.

Seal up cracks

Old homes can often have cracks in the walls. Further, heat can easily be lost through these cracks. Go around your home sealing any cracks up with caulk. Be wary of larger cracks as these may need professional intervention and could pose a structural risk to your home.

Consider other insulation

There are other forms of insulation that could further help you to use less heating. An uninsulated loft could be leading to major heat loss. You could install some thermal wool or insulating panels yourself, or hire a professional to apply blown-in insulation. Other forms of insulation such as cavity-wall insulation and underfloor insulation may also help to preserve heat.  

Upgrade your water heating

Old water heaters can use up a lot of energy. Water is stored in a tank which has to be continuously heated in order to keep it hot. An electric tankless water heater only heats up water when a hot water faucet is in use, which is likely to be far more economical.

Replace old bathroom fixtures

Many old bathroom fixtures can use up a lot of water. Old toilets can use up a lot of water when flushing, while old shower heads can also guzzle water. Consider upgrading your lavatory to a multi-flush toilet and replace your old showerhead with a water-saving new one.

Replace old light bulbs

Old incandescent light bulbs could be churning through electricity. Many modern homes are now switching to LED and CFL lighting, providing almost equal brightness while using up far less power. These bulbs can be found in your local home store.

Choose a sustainable energy source

You could consider ditching main gas and electricity for a more sustainable version. Installing solar panels on your home’s roof could allow you to generate your own electricity. Biomass boilers and woodburners meanwhile could be a more eco-friendly means of generating heating. Of course, these sources of energy do require high installation fees, however you’re certain to make up these costs in the future by never having to pay an energy bill again. Setting up your own water system is more difficult, although it could be worth buying a rain barrel or two for gardening use.

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