Energy Efficiency More Important Than Ever; GO GREEN Energy Efficiency Is Becoming an Increasingly Important Selling Point for Property Owners and Developers. as Part of the National Home Building & Renovating Show, the Eco Homes Show Features All the Latest Developments Emerging from This Exciting Industry

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Byline: Annie Roberts reports

A recent online poll conducted by The Eco Homes Show revealed that 50 per cent of respondents put buying energy efficient products ahead of investing in quality materials, design or project management when spending on their building project.

An added bonus is that investing in energy saving products should add value to your home. According to the Energy Savings Trust the average added value for a well insulated house can be up to pounds 10,000. More than two thirds of buyers now look past cosmetic improvements to more important factors such as the condition of the boiler and the quality of the windows.

To help improve the energy efficiency of your home, the organisers of The Eco Homes Show, part of The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show on at the NEC from March 19-22 have put together some Top Tips:

Increase insulation levels

Insulating your home is a great way to reduce energy costs. For the average house 30 per cent of the heat simply escapes through the walls and roof. There is a range of grants available to help with insulation costs. For example, if you live in an older house with cavity walls, a government grant will allow you to have the cavities insulated for around pounds 200. Ring 0800 512012 for more information.

Consider alternative energy

technologies

Grants are available for solar panels and other microgeneration technologies via the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. Ring 0800 915 0990 for further details.

Flush with eco-pride

Loos use about 30 per cent of the total water in a household and single flush loos can use up to 13 litres of water in one flush. Put in a dual-flush which uses only six litres for a full flush and four litres for a reduced flush. Check out www.waterwise.org.uk for more information.

Work your windows

Around 20 per cent of the heat lost from an average home is through the windows. Consider double glazing your windows or secondary double glazing if you live in a period property. Double glazing cuts heat loss through windows by 50 per cent and could significantly reduce your heating bill.

Heating hints

Shockingly, over 50 per cent of the heat from our radiators is simply used to heat the walls behind them, which means that less than half is used to heat our rooms. Energy saving radiator panels are like tin foil sheets that reflect the heat back from the walls into your room. They can save as much as 20% on your heating bill. …