To identify opportunities that are likely to arise for energy efficiency upgrades, start by making a list of future home improvements you plan to carry out over a number of years. then try to match these to major energy efficiency projects, such as insulation, solar installation, window and boiler replacement. Below are some planned projects and recommended opportunities for energy efficiency improvements.
Planned project and energy efficiency opportunity
- Internal decoration, Re-plastering walls, Refitting kitchens, Refitting bathrooms and cloakrooms etc.
Internal wall insulation.
- Rendering external walls.
External wall insulation
Photovoltaics (PV) Solar panel roof installation, Roof or loft insulation. If external wall cladding is planned, prepare the way by extending the roof at eaves level.
- Replacement windows.
Specify high-performance windows and combine wall insulation works.
- Replacing old hot water cylinder.
Specify a twin-coil (or triple-coil) cylinder ready for the later installation of solar water heating.
- Replacing worn-out boiler.
Specify ‘A’-rated high-efficiency replacement boiler.
- Replacing floorboards
Floor insulation and underfloor heating (can be paired with renewable technology).
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