Seven energy saving upgrades for an eco-friendly home
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bills, a great place to start is by looking at upgrading your home. There are a number of energy saving installations that can reduce your CO₂ output and the cost of your energy, but homeowners are often deterred by the idea that upgrades are always expensive. While many installations do require a large sum of money for installation, these are usually the upgrades that have the biggest impact on your carbon footprint. It’s worth remembering that all upgrades eventually pay for themselves, and therefore upgrading your home can be a good investment.
To highlight the most cost effective and eco-friendly upgrades, Co-operative Energy have created an infographic which illustrates seven energy saving installations, how much CO₂ and financial savings each one offers annually, and how long it will take to payback the initial cost.
Graphic courtesy of Cooperative Energy.
What are the most eco-friendly upgrades?
The average domestic solar PV system can save more than 30 tonnes of CO2 in its entire lifetime. However, it’s also one of the most expensive upgrades, with an installation cost of between £5,000 and £8,000. To receive a return on investment, solar panels take just under 20 years, therefore they’re most suitable for those who have long term plans to settle in their home.
If your home is built with solid walls, did you know you’ll be losing twice as much heat as cavity walls? Solid wall insulation is one of the greener upgrades, making a CO2 saving of 720kg – 1,900kg each year, while saving between £175 - £455 on your energy bills. For external solid wall insulation, the payback time is over 30 years as this is more expensive to install, while internal wall insulation is around 20 years.
What are the most cost effective upgrades?
Reducing your carbon footprint and your energy bills can cost as little as £15. Placing a hot water jacket on an uninsulated tank is the most affordable upgrade, and offers significant CO2 savings of 500kg – 600kg per year. You’ll receive fuel bill savings of £115 - £140, with a payback time of less than six months.
Did you know that over a quarter of heat produced in the home is lost through the roof? Loft insulation keeps in this heat, and can therefore have a substantial effect on your energy bills. Insulating your loft is another cost effective option as payback time is just under two years, with bill savings of between £135 – £240 per year and an installation cost of £285 - £395.
Interested in more ways you can upgrade your home? Browse through our featured high performance homes for inspiration.