If you own a property, be it residential or commercial you do need to think about making it energy friendly. There are a few reasons for this. The first is that making a property energy friendly actually makes it a lot more valuable. If you can guarantee that your property is designed to save fuel, you can rest easy knowing it will sell fast. It also makes life a lot simpler for whoever is using it. This could be a tenant that you’re renting the property out to or a business owner. Many landlords make a fortune by charging rent with payment of bills included in the price. They can do this because they know, thanks to an eco-friendly design, it’s going to cost less. They still make an honest profit and don’t have to worry about tenants struggling to pay the bills. As you can see, there are plenty of benefits but what are the methods?
The first aspect you could consider is giving your property a renewable energy source. By doing this, you will save money on bills and you will add value to the property. It’s a win-win situation, and there’s a couple you can think about. The first is the possibility of adding solar panels to your roof. Solar panels are great if you live in an area where there’s a lot of sunshine. Or, if you own a property in a place with a hot climate. In the summer, you can all but guarantee you’ll be paying nothing on electricity. You could even use it to power your air conditioning units.
Alternately, you may want to think about adding a wind turbine to your home. These are beneficial in areas where the weather isn’t as promising, but the wind circulates at high speeds. It is expensive to set up a proper wind turbine on your property, and there are other disadvantages. For instance, they are quite loud and not particularly pleasant to look at. But they will provide a lot of energy for a big estate.
Air source heat pumps are a great way to save energy in a property. They absorb heat from the outside air of the home. This air is then used in everything from radiators to underfloor heating systems to warm a property. It uses less energy than gas and oil although most systems are still powered by electricity. They are still recommended despite this due to the limited amount of electricity that they need.
You may also want to consider upgrading the insulation of your property. In particular, you should think about upgrading the windows to double or triple glazing. Again, it comes with a cost. But it’s one that is worth paying if you can afford it. The home will trap heat inside, leading to lower heating bills. Just be careful because these windows don’t let the cold air out. This means you will get condensation, and this can lead to damp walls as well as mould. To avoid this, it is recommended that you also purchase a dehumidifier. Particularly, if you will have tenants drying laundry inside.
An extra tip is to put doors on automatically closing catches. That way, tenants will be more likely to leave the doors shut, trapping the heat inside.
Using this advice you can increase the value of a property and make it environmentally friendly at the same time. It’s that easy.