Friday, 26 April 2013

Improve your Home this Summer: Three Top Investments

The summer months are a perfect time to consider a little home improvement. As the weather [hopefully] takes a turn for the better, it’d be a perfect time to increase the energy efficiency of your home, ready for the colder months that will be back before you know it.

While many newer builds will already be boasting higher efficiency ratings, older homes will undoubtedly be in need of a little sprucing. Not only will these investments ensure your home is more energy efficient and, in turn, doing your bit for the planet, you’ll also save heaps on your utility bills. Take a look at these three awesome investments that can save you plenty.

✽ A new boiler

While many older boilers are less efficient and are incredible leeches on energy resources, British Gas boilers can turn this around. With the help of specialist boiler installers, you can replace a duff boiler in preference of a new one that will provide a quality investment for years to come.

In fact, government schemes may be able to help you afford the initial outlay which, once installed, can save you up to £200 a year on bills.

✽ Insulation

Improving your home’s insulation, such as cavity wall and loft lagging, can help to ensure heat doesn’t escape from your home and, in turn, will reduce your monthly payments. After all, what’s the point in spending on energy that is seeping through the walls and loft before you even use it?

By insulating your home, you can save plenty in the long run. The cost of wall insulation can be made back within two years, and if you increase the depth of your loft insulation to meet the 270mm recommendations and you can save £25 a year.

✽ Double Glazing

It may be one of the most expensive home improvements, but it’s well worth doing if you’re planning on staying in your home for the next several years. You can save up to £165 a year, as well as reducing the risk of draughts and keeping the noise from outside your windows at a minimum.

Increasing your energy efficiency can be achieved in no time and will make a big difference in your budget which will be reflected in how much money you have spare to spend on you!

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