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Father’s Day – 6 home improvements that will equate to more money in the bank this time next year!

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and to celebrate we thought we’d give Dads everywhere the gift they love above all other things (besides their families, of course) in the form of a list of helpful tips that equate to massive home savings.

The Guardian recently compiled an interactive graphic of the top home improvements homeowners can make under the Government’s Green Deal that can help them slash their heating bills and reduce their carbon footprint in the process. We’ve summarised their findings in addition to adding some of our own handy tips for you.

So, without further ado, here are 6 home improvements that will actually save you money in the long-term:

1. Installing solar photovoltaic panels.

Photovoltaics is the method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semiconductors. Installing these on the roof of your house can save you around £150 every year, and under the Green Deal you can get around £645 back in feed-in tariff payments.

2. Insulation.

Insulating different areas of your house could be your ticket to hundreds of extra pounds in your wallet every year. Insulating your loft could save you up to £180 each year, and you can get £100 cashback under the Green Deal. Cavity wall insulation can save you up to £140 annually, with £150 cashback; floor insulation can save you around £60 each year with £100 cashback; hot water tank insulation can save you around £45 each year with £10 cashback (every little bit helps, right?); internal solid wall insulation can save you £460 each year with £650 cashback; and the same goes for external solid wall insulation as with internal. If you are currently getting a home extension done, save yourself the added hassle and get it insulated at the same time! For more information about how insulating can help you save money and the environment, click here.

3. Lighting.

This is an easy one that you can tick off your list before Father’s Day so you can spend the day thinking about how much extra money you’ll have in the bank this time next year! Simply replace your halogens with LEDs and you could save £4 per bulb per year!

4. Double glazing.

If you swapped all of the single glazed windows in a three-bedroom house with double glazed windows, you would save around £170 a year on your heating bills, as well as 680kg of carbon dioxide emissions. Double glazing should last for at least 20 years, which equates to about £3,400 in savings! Under the Green Deal, you can also get up to £320 cashback.

5. Draught-proofing.

This home improvement is one that is often overlooked, but it’s one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy – and money – in any type of building. Simply by blocking any gaps that let cold air in and warm air out, you can save around £55 each year with £50 cashback under the Green Deal. If the job’s a small one, you can tackle it yourself using self-adhesive foam strips, metal or plastic strips with brushers or wipers, flexible fillers, caulks, mastic-type products, silicon fillers or cement or hard setting fillers. If you have an old home, however, it might prove more difficult to draught-proof and it could be worth consulting a professional.

6. Replacing your boiler.

Simply by replacing your D-rated gas boiler with an A-rated one, you can save around £105 every year in addition to getting £270 cashback under the Green Deal! Specialists in boiler installations should offer a guarantee of their workmanship for two years as well as an extended guarantee of up to seven years – that’s more than £700 worth of savings!

 

If you have any questions about home improvements, Chartered architectshome extension architects or a home extension costcontact the team at Landmark Architecture. And from all of us here at Landmark ArchitectureHappy Savings – we mean, Happy Father’s Day!

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