New guidance to improve household efficiency

Energy savings

Energy savingsIt goes without saying that we all want to do our bit for the environment - as well as make some big savings in the process - but many of us still have no idea on how to go about doing so.

With that in mind, you might be pleased to learn that the government is to publish guidance to help us make our homes more eco-friendly.

Communities Minister Andrew Stunell announced the details, which will go a long way to ensuring that our homes are as energy efficient as possible. This will not only help the environment but help our finances too by saving plenty of money on energy bills in the long run.

We will soon be able to get or hands on a new-look Energy Performance Certificate with clearer information about energy efficiency, which will also suggest recommendations for improvements and whether or not they can be funded via the Green Deal.

We will also be able to compare how energy efficient our home is compared to similar properties through the National Energy Performance Certificate Register, which could also help us pin-point any improvements that could be made to our properties.

Communities Minister Andrew Stunell said: "The Energy Performance Certificate has proved useful in putting the efficiency of our homes at the forefront of our minds, but homeowners can often struggle to know how to act on the advice it gives.

"That's why we're giving it a complete redesign, making it clearer and easier to understand and putting the recommendations for improvements into matters of pounds and pence by showing how much consumers could potentially save on their energy bills.

"And by making the national register of Energy Performance Certificates open to the public, each homeowner will for the first time be able to see how their property compares with others, and where changes could be made so their homes become as eco-friendly as possible."

In the meantime, this video on saving money in your home might be of use if you can't wait to get started.