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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love a good infographic.  This energy saving infographic from Zenith Homes is pretty good if you’re planning on upgrading your boiler or doing any improvements to the exterior of your home.   From replacing your windows or doors, to installing solar panels or externally insulating your walls, it’s really handy to see how much you might save on your energy bills just by carrying out these home improvements:

home improvements energy saving infographic

A word on externally insulating your property, as most people aren’t too familiar with it.  This is one option if you live in a solid walled home – typically built before 1920 – and involves rendering the outside of your home.  As it involves altering the exterior of your home then if you live in a conservation area you generally won’t be able to externally insulate your property.  If you do live in in conservation area then instead you can internally insulate your walls, but it is quite pricey to do this and you will have to completely redecorate!

However, if you’re not in a conservation area then in the long term you can save a heap of energy and money externally insulating your home in this way, as solid walls let through twice as much heat as cavity walls do.  If you’re in doubt as to whether you have cavity walls (the kind that you insulate by drilling into the wall) or solid walls then here’s a handy diagram from the Energy Saving Trust to help you out.