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NHBC gives tips for energy efficiency upgrades

July 25th, 2011

According to the National House-Building Council (NHBC), which stated this is more relevant than ever against a backdrop of rising house prices, homeowners should consider performing several renovations to their property in order to make it more energy efficient.

It noted that modern homes have condensing boilers, which are “substantially more efficient” than older models.

Households without one should consider upgrading their current device, it argued.

Furthermore, homes lacking insulation will lose at least half of their central heating through the roof and walls. Therefore, properties ought to be fitted with this material, which should be 270mm thick.

The NHBC stated that loft insulation usually works properly for a minimum of 40 years.

By this time, the cost of its installation will have been recouped from reduced fuel bills “over and over again”, it continued.

New homes generally already have these energy saving measures in place and will also often be fitted with double glazing and even solar panels, the organisation claimed.

This follows a recent statement by Louise Burfitt-Dons, campaign director for the Global Warming Alliance, who said that some older houses could realise lower fuel bills if holes in skirting boards or floorboards are covered.

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