Energy efficiency plays a significant role in UK housing and potential homebuyers will often reject a property because of substandard qualities. So, what exactly is energy efficiency?

Essentially, energy efficiency is all about using less power for the same result. For instance, an inefficient boiler will cost more to run and heat your home to 20ºC than a modern A-rated replacement. It’s worth noting, energy efficiency is different to energy conservation. Energy conservation is a physical act, such as turning down the thermostat.

In order to improve energy efficiency in the home, you should expect some financial outlay. However, it’s important to remember energy efficient measures will pay you back in the coming years, thanks to the savings. This is an attractive option both financially and for the environment, by reducing CO2 emissions.

In the UK, the most effective energy efficiency measures include insulation, draught proofing and double glazed windows. Switching to energy saving light bulbs is also highly recommended. According to The Guardian, British homes could reduce carbon emissions by a combined 17 million tonnes by 2020, by taking energy efficiency on board.

Why is energy efficiency so important?

Energy efficiency is extremely important and even the Government are under pressure to reduce the UK’s total carbon emissions. There are two core reasons to pay more attention to your home’s efficiency:

  • Save money

According to the BBC, the average UK household utility bill is £1,264 annually. This is a significant leap from 2004 and bills have more than doubled from £522 in just over 10 years.

The energy companies aren’t helping as they seem to continually be increasing rates. Emma Bush, energy expert from uSwitch.com, said: “This upward trend is mainly down to a steady rise in wholesale prices, which in turn is driven by a number of factors. Firstly, energy demand has increased in recent years due to lifestyle changes and a growing population, which has put a strain on supply.”

  • Help the environment

By using less energy in the home, you’ll help reduce the gas, coal and oil that are burnt to provide your fuel. This is saving precious resources, whilst cutting back on the level of pollution.

The Government has a long-term plan to combat carbon emissions in the UK and plans to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. In 2014, the UK witnessed a 2% reduction in emissions, returning to levels of 2009. With increased energy efficiency you’ll do your own bit to help the environment and reduce your carbon footprint.