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UK’s First Instant Homes are Energy Efficient

Energy EfficiencyThe first “instant” homes in the UK arrived at their intended location in Blackburn and were quickly branded a success, and a possible solution to the housing crisis in the UK. The ready-built homes also scored points for being energy efficient.

The houses are three-bedroom, semi-detached properties and were constructed in just under one month on the manufacturer’s lot in Blackburn, then taken to their residential location ready to be installed. Each home is made from galvanized steel and is complete with bathroom and kitchen. The houses were taken on a flatbed truck in pieces – the lower floor first, then the upper floor and the roof, and were lifted into place by a crane before being fitted together.

How to Make Homes Energy Efficient
These buildings were designed with energy efficiency in mind. But every house or building – new or not – for sale or rent in the UK must have an energy performance certificate, for example from epcuk.org. This makes it easy to see how energy efficient the building actually is – how much money you will likely spend on heating and other utilities. Fuel efficiency is of great importance in today’s economic climate and it is important that new homes are energy efficient.

If you are buying a new home or want to make your existing home better in terms of energy use, there are a number of ways to do something about fuel consumption. For example, you can choose a home that is heated by gas rather than electric power. Gas heating systems cost a lot less to run than electric. Make sure you have control over the settings so you can reduce the temperature when you need to and only heat the rooms you are using.

Insulation and Windows
Loft insulation is an important way in which a home becomes more energy efficient. Loft insulation cuts down the amount of heat that escapes from a house and the thickness of the insulation is important. You can save more energy and more money with a thicker layer of roof insulation. Walls can also be insulated – a third of the heat is lost through the walls when the house is uninsulated. Solid walls and cavity walls can both be insulated in order to improve the energy efficiency of the property. Double glazing is an important addition to a house when you are concerned with energy efficiency. Double glazing keeps the heat in. Thick curtains also improve heat retention in the home.

Better Boilers
New boilers are much better than old boilers in terms of energy efficiency. Replacing an inefficient boiler can save you hundreds of pounds on heating costs throughout the year – check to see how your boiler is rated and whether you can improve it. Other ways you can save money and energy in the home include draught-proofing doors and windows. There are a number of different DIY ways you can do this, which are inexpensive and result in a cosier home and lower energy bills. You should also use energy-efficient light bulbs in every fitting in order to cut down on energy use around the home.