Give Your Home An Eco Retro-Fit.

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Give Your Home An Eco Retro-Fit.


  • A lot of people decide to insulate their loft but do not insulate their exterior walls, not creating what the Government would class as green homes or eco friendly homes.  If you do have cavity walls then inject insulation between the outer and inner layers of the brick, this will create green homes and eco friendly homes for the homeowners.  If on the other hand you have solid walls, or have cavity ones but want even greater insulation, then line your walls internally with insulation-backed plasterboard.  The best option for the greatest insulation is to wrap your entire house in an insulating jacket and then cover your home with cladding or render, as shown in the picture above.  This will create the green homes and eco friendly homes of the future, what the Governemtn is striving for.
  • You can also insulate your ground floor so if you have raised wooden floorboards then you can fit an airtight membrane between the joists.  If your flooring is solid concrete then the floorboards can have ultra thin insulation bonded to the bottom of them, one example of this insulation is Aerogel.
  • Try and choose renewable products rather than man-made ones for insulation.  Cotton, hemp, timber and wool are all better insulation materials but get professional advice when choosing insulation types.
  • Good quality windows are essential for insulation so try to choose triple glazed or very good quality double glazed high performance ones.  If you live in a conservation area and have sash windows some companies specialise in upgrading the sash windows from single to double glazed.



  • If you have an old boiler change it to a gas condensing one which has a Sedbuk band A rating.  Sedbuk stands for “seasonal efficiency of domestic boilers in the UK” and is the industry standard.
  • However if you are not on a mains gas supply and use domestic heating oil then try and get a biomass boiler.  These boilers burn wood chips or pellets or invest in a boiler that uses LPG.
  • Invest in water efficient radiators which will give you the same amount of heat but from less heated water.
  • You can effectively warm your home by installing ground source or air source heat pumps.



  • If you have old electrical appliances then replace them with new ones which have an A or A++ rating such as with fridges.
  • An energy monitoring unit or a smart meter tells you exactly how much energy you are using.  It gives detailed feedback and your energy company can supply you with one.  With a smart meter it will tell you which appliances in your house are using the most energy, such as Tumble Dryers and hair dryers and so you should try and use them less.
  • Swap your traditional light bulbs for energy saving ones, even if you have halogen ones there are low energy replacements ones of these too.



  • Try and install water efficient taps and fittings.
  • Water butts can be put on your rainwater down pipes, this water can be used for your garden.


Before installing some of the things above get professional advice, especially on invasive work.  Also check to see if there are any grants available and The Green Deal which is run by the government, it is a new plan to support the implementation of energy efficient measures with households or businesses which will take effect in 2012.

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