When you put your home on the market, energy considerations can be just as important for buyers and can really help your home stand out. It can also be really beneficial for you and your bank balance!
Having an environmentally friendly home is a great advantage when it comes to selling your home, so here are our top tips.
Fit tap aerotors, that inject air into the water as it runs, that use much less water. Some water companies will do this for free. You could think about installing a more water efficient showerhead that will do the same job for your shower.
Think about installing smart meters and thermostats. Again, your supplier might be offering these for free as part of the government’s initiative to install smart meters to all homes, so this is a no cost way to get some new technology that will help you think about the energy you use more efficiently.
Use energy saving light bulbs where you can. This is an easy swap and won’t make a difference to your lighting when it comes to showing buyers round.
You could also think about installing dimmer switches. As well as having a cosy feel that’s perfect for the winter months, it also helps you light the room and tailor the amount of electricity you use.
If you haven’t insultated your loft, it’s a great way to keep the heat in your home and save money. A quarter of your home’s heat is lost through the roof as warm air rises. If you live in an older property it’s a god idea to take a look at the insulation you already have in place, and if it can be improved.
As well as the roof, have you considered your walls? If you need it, both cavity and solid walls can be insulated to keep heat inside the house. This could also be done for free or minimal cost with government grants, so it’s worth researching.
This is a big investment (although you may be able to get a grant and work with your community for a better deal) but solar panels are a great way to make your home more climate conscious. It could save you as much as a third on your electricity bills, which could be a big attraction to possible buyers.
Take a look around your home for any draughts. Around your doors, your letter box, and any other areas where chilly winds could be spoiling the cosiness of your house. Some sympathetic draught proofing will make your house warmer and reduce your heating bills.
Make your garden an attractive place for humans and animals! Bee and butterfly friendly plants, a wild flower area and a bird feeder are little changes you can implement now that will help wildlife and make your garden an inviting place to be in!