How can I make my home more energy efficient? Our retrofit pathway guide.

02/07/2024
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Whether you are a homeowner eager to cut down on monthly energy bills or a lender looking to reduce your carbon loan book, improving your home’s energy efficiency brings a host of benefits. Let’s delve into the advantages of improving your EPC rating and how Retrogreen’s retrofit pathways can assist you through the journey.

Benefits of improving home energy efficiency

  1. Lower energy consumption

Improving energy efficiency in your home reduces the amount of energy your home uses, resulting in lower energy bills.

  1. Healthier environment 

By consuming less energy, you decrease the demand for energy production. This carbon reduction lowers emissions, contributing to a cleaner and healthier environment.

  1. Increased comfort 

Increasing home energy efficiency through sealing air gaps or adding insulation often means more consistent indoor temperatures, better humidity control and reduces draft spots – helping to increase the overall comfort of your home.

  1. Increased property value 

Retrofitting your home to improve EPC rating can make your home more attractive to buyers, potentially increasing its market value. In fact, in Rightmove’s Greener Homes Report it suggests that properties improving their EPC rating from an F to a C could increase their value by an average of an additional 15%..

  1. Green mortgages | lower interest rates 

More and more lenders are offering Green Mortgages which offer financial incentives for home improvements, making retrofits more accessible for homeowners.

How to make a home more energy efficient

There are a number of ways in which you can start your home energy-efficiency journey. With Retrogreen, our RetroPlanner offers a full turn-key service for home retrofits. Simply type in your postcode and a few details about your home, and a digital replica of your home will be generated. To make it as easy as possible, we guide homeowners through our three retrofit pathways: Energy Cost, EPC Rating and Equipment Upgrade. This provides customers with personalised, detailed retrofit plans specifically based on the goals that best represent their energy objectives. We provide a list of recommendations based on our understanding of the condition of their home.

About retrofit pathways

1 | ENERGY COST

This pathway is best for homeowners looking to identify measures that are most likely to have the greatest impact on their energy consumption and cost.

Types of measures 

Insulation: Our RetroPlanner provides estimates for insulation of walls, floors and roofs. Did you know insulating your loft is one of the cheapest quickest ways of saving energy in your home?

Glazing: Reduce heat loss by replacing poorly glazed windows.

Draught proofing: Up to 25% of heat can be lost to air leakage in homes.

LEDs: Maximise savings on your electricity bills by upgrading to energy efficient LED lighting.

Benefits of this pathway

  • Lower energy bills
  • Less condensation
  • Helping the environment
  • Consistent temperature

 

2 | EPC Rating

This pathway will provide guidance to identify the best ways to improve your EPC rating.

Types of measures 

Solar panels: Solar PV is a great way of improving EPC rating by reducing the amount of carbon generated from your home.

Glazing: Improving glazing in your home can dramatically decrease the chance of heat loss.

Heat pumps: Heat pumps are generally more efficient compared to traditional heating systems.

Benefits of this pathway

  • Improved property value
  • Regulation ready
  • Easier to let for Landlords
  • Lower energy bills

 

3 | EQUIPMENT UPGRADE

With technology constantly improving, this pathway aims to identify the best solutions to help improve the energy efficiency in your home with equipment upgrades.

Types of measures 

Heat pumps: A heat pump can generate a whopping 3x more heat for the same amount of energy purchased.

Renewable energy: Utilising new renewable energy sources such as Solar PV can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of your property.

Smart controls: Offer more control over your heating including energy saving features, advanced temperature controls and heating scheduling.

Benefits of this pathway

  • Less reliance on the grid
  • Benefit from energy flexibility
  • Futureproof your home’s energy
  • Healthier environment

Conclusion

Improving your home’s energy-efficiency is an investment for your future. With Retrogreen’s retrofit pathways you can achieve increased energy savings, contribute to a greener planet and enjoy a more comfortable living space. To find out more about our ‘With You All The Way’ retrofit service, click here: https://retrogreen.co.uk/pathways/

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