Do you live in a beautifully traditional home, but wonder how to improve energy efficiency without losing the charm and historical character of its features?
As an owner of a time-honoured property, it should be your aim to enhance its traditional features, whilst reducing its impact on the environment. Whether a first time buyer of a historical home, or a restorer of all builds classic – here is a quick guide to improve the property’s energy efficiency whilst preserving its charming style and sought-after characteristics.
Make it weatherproof
Although it may seem obvious, a good door and a good set of windows can do wonders for your home’s energy usage and bill costs. Many traditional homes will come with beautiful, yet poor quality window and door designs, so if you want to notice an improving change in your home’s current bill costs – we recommend that replacing your windows and doors should be your main priority before commencing any other building work.
Here is a great article demonstrating the reasons why you should replace wooden windows rather than renovating. This can prove far more beneficial over time; after all, you’ll soon recover the initial cost of installation through your new and affordable bill prices! Hurray!
When considering replacing your historic windows with contemporary yet aesthetically traditional window options, you should consider a bespoke joinery company such as Bentley Brothers that offer unique and experienced service with both modern and traditional builds and work to enhance a property’s original design and features. There is nothing worse than replacing beautiful and characteristic windows with a modern-day style and non-complementing design. Modern technologies and contemporary sash window design can provide your home with beautifully crafted and time-honoured window and door designs as well as providing high quality sealant, air infiltration and durable material use to improve your home’s energy efficiency in style.
Because heat rises, the majority of a home’s heat is lost through the top half of a property. Insulating your loft, attic or even flat roof is a simple and cost-effective way to save on waste and reduce your heating bills, and you can even insulate your home yourself!
Loft insulation has been an effective way of making your home more energy efficient for years, and often pays for itself within a short space of time. Check out how much money you could save by insulating your home. If you don’t fancy yourself as the DIY type, get the professionals in! Many companies such as Apex Green can insulate your home and advise you on how to ‘go green’ with your home and living.
The government is now offering ‘The Green Deal’ plan, which helps you make energy-saving improvements to your home and offers the best options in order to pay for them. These options may include insulation, heating, double-glazing, renewable energy generation and heating improvements to provide your home with a greener way of living.
If you are interested in finding out if your home could benefit from any energy-saving improvements, check out the energy grants calculator or contact a Green Deal assessor direct.
Making your traditional home an energy-efficient property may seem like a challenge, but in fact, with a little planning and simple weather-proofing tasks – any historic build can quickly become a modern and environmentally friendly home with charming characteristics of the past.