As winter time approaches it is the ideal moment to think about getting your property ready for the cold weather. This is something which is always worth doing but an added twist to this is that nowadays you can combine this process with a move towards a greener home as well.
Change the Windows
A recent study in the US showed that moving to energy efficient windows such as UPVC windows is one of the most financially sound types of home improvement. The Appraisal Institute is the USA’s biggest association of real estate appraisers and they have this high on their list of things to do before the cold weather kicks in. A quick look online at a site like the Anglian one will show you how easy and cost effective it is to make this important change to your home. Even if your windows look okay at first sight you should still consider whether they are letting too much hot air leave the home when you most need it.
Home insulation is another alteration you should get done as soon as you can. A good degree of loft insulation or cavity wall insulation can make a huge difference to your winter heating bills and the amount of energy you burn your way through. Even if your property currently has some form of insulation you should still check whether it is enough or whether it is a good idea to add more to it.
Update Heating Appliances
Whatever you use to heat you and your water, the run up to winter is the best time to consider making the switch to something more energy efficient. As it stands you could be wasting money on trying to heat up your home with something which simply isn’t producing the amount of heat you want. If it is a long, cold winter then this could add up to a huge amount extra on your bills and a lot of unnecessary damage to the environment as well.
If you have ever considered adding solar panels to your house then now is the time to do something about it. There are plenty of incentives for doing this and it is a great feeling to turn up the heating controls and know that you are using clean, free energy to warm up the family. This is one of the most expensive ways of ensuring a green Christmas but the outstanding benefits mean that your solar panels will soon pay for themselves. You can expect most models to last around 20 to 30 years and in this time you will be able to take advantage of a lot of free energy without causing any harm to the planet while you do so.