When it comes to selling your property in the 21st century there are certain changes you can make that are guaranteed to make your home sell quicker and for more money. One of these home improvements is making your home eco-friendlier. There has been a conscious push by the government for property owners to make their homes greener with various schemes being in put in place to help them do so. As a result, a great deal of value is put on homes which have taken the steps to becoming more energy efficient making them more desirable to buyers. There are a number of ways to add value to your home and sell it faster using green energy techniques. Here are our top tips to improving the energy efficiency of your home.
Ensure You Have Efficient Insulation
Adequate loft and wall insulation cannot be emphasised enough when it comes to increasing your home’s energy efficiency. It is estimated that as much as 30 percent of heat energy is lost through poor insulation. Not only is this wasting energy but it is also an unnecessary drain on your bank account. If you are trying to sell an older property make sure that you get your wall and loft insulation professionally checked as properties built before the 1990’s are most at risk from inadequate or degrading insulation.
Invest in Solar Panels
Although the initial cost is a little on the pricey side, having solar panels fitted to your property significantly improves the value of your property and will help it sell faster. It doesn’t matter whether you live in the north of Scotland or the south of Spain, contrary to common belief solar panels do not need sunshine to generate energy, all they need is day light so there really is no excuse. If you are thinking about investing in solar panels it is worth taking the time to investigate the various government schemes in place as you could end up paying very little for them.
Upgrade Your Radiators and Fridge
As the main consumers of energy, it is worth upgrading your fridge and radiators to more energy efficient ones if you want to decrease your energy bills and if you plan on leaving these appliances when you move, they will certainly increase the attractiveness of the property to potential buyers. In terms of radiators, you want to be looking for aluminium or stainless steel grade 304. Both of these materials heat a room quicker and preserve heat for longer, meaning they use less energy than standard radiators. Check out Trade Radiators flat panel range for high quality stainless steel 304 grade radiators at an affordable price. In recent years, there has been a push to create greener fridges. If your fridge is older than ten years old, it is also worth upgrading as it will be using far more energy than those produced in the last decade.