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Wanting to make energy-saving improvements to your home and not sure where to start? You could look to top up on insulation, install solar or replace your old boiler with a heat pump.
This is usually one of the most cost effective improvements you can make to your home, thanks to the low cost and the savings you could see in your energy bills.
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Solar panels will work for most homes, but things like the direction, angle and the size of your roof will affect how much energy you’ll capture.
Your installer should provide a free survey to make sure solar is suitable for your home.
Heat pumps work best in well-insulated homes, so it’s best to check this out before you start thinking about getting a heat pump. An easy way to do this is to find out your home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. If yours is a D or above and it says you have insulation, you should be good to go.
Most heat pumps use radiators to heat your home, just like boilers do. Sometimes, your existing radiators might be too small for a heat pump to work efficiently and will need replacing, but this isn’t always the case. A heat pump usually works well with existing underfloor heating too.
You’ll need some outside space for most heat pumps though. Around the size of a moped is usually enough for an air source heat pump. Ground source heat pumps take up more space than that, as they usually need a trench or borehole digging, plus a room inside for the operating system.