Quality Built Homes

Aug 26th
Green Building Services

Green Building Services

Did you know that typically, 35% of a buildings heat loss is through uninsulated walls? Quality Built Homes can offer Internal & External Dry Lining insulation.

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Free-Home Energy Savings Tips

  • Paint the surfaces of rooms, including ceilings, with colours of high reflectance to maximise the day lighting opportunities (and also the effectiveness of artificial light).
    • Light colours can reflect up to 80% of incident light
    • However deep / dark colours might reflect less than 10% of incident light.
  • Dirt on vertical windows can reduce performance by 10% and even more if the dirt is allowed to build up on roof-lights.
  • Use CFL bulbs throughout house. All light bulbs are now labelled for efficiency in a similar way to kitchen appliance labelling. These use a fraction of the electricity and last up to 10 times longer than ordinary light-bulbs - could you install more in your home?
  • Use the timer on your immersion heater. This should supply you with enough hot water as and when you need it.
  • A television in standby mode can use up to as much as half the electricity as when it is switched on.
  • Dry clothes naturally out of doors whenever possible.
  • Turn off the heating if you are going to be out of the house for more than a day.
  • 20oC is an ideal room temperature. Turning down thermosats by 1oC can reduce annual space heating energy consumption by 10% with an equivalent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Open fires are wasteful of energy with more than 70% of the energy going up the chimney.
  • 90% of the energy consumption of washing machines goes on heating the water. Wash clothes whenever possible in cold or cool water.
  • A lagging jacket on your hot water cylinder will keep water hotter for longer and pay for itself in 2-3 months.
  • Using renewable sources of energy like wood and solar energy to heat our homes reduces our reliance on polluting, imported fossil fuels like oil and coal.