When it comes to selling your home, buyers can be eager to have money saving fixtures in place. This week’s Tuesday Tips explores some of the best ways to become an eco-warrior whilst leaving you with some extra pennies in your pocket.
- Solar panels are becoming ever more common on properties and there’s a good reason for it. Although there is an initial cost to have the panels installed, they can dramatically reduce your energy bills and in time may more than pay for themselves. If you decide to move before you break even, they can in fact add a generous amount to your property value so it’s a win/win situation. There’s usually a government backed scheme that offers grants to help you afford the initial outlay.
- It may seem like an obvious one, but by ensuring all plugs are switched off when not in use you can significantly cut your bills. The same applies to leaving items on standby. It’s enticing to potential buyers for a home to have low running costs and could allow them to spend their money where they really want. Sticking to this simple socket switch off will leave buyers impressed by the low energy consumption.
- Open all blinds and curtains during the day. Not only is natural daylight free, but it gives a home a brighter atmosphere. We can’t pretend that the sun is always out, but keeping curtains closed and using artificial lighting throughout the day can make a room feel drab.
- Insulating your home is one way to instantly reduce your heating bills which again is an attractive prospective to buyers. It is a common myth that homes cannot get insulation without cavity walls, but in fact there are several ways to insulate walls with no cavity. Get a survey carried out on your home by the experts – many companies offer this service for free and can offer no obligation quotes for recommended insulation improvements.
- It’s important to remember to turn down your thermostat when you are turning down your radiators because this is how to save money. If you turn your radiators down low but still have the thermostat set to 21C, your boiler will keep running until the room temperature reaches 21C – and this will take a long time with the radiators on low.
- It’s essential to stay warm in your home, but reducing your heating by just 1 degree can cut your heating bills by as much as £60 per year.
- If you have a boiler over 15 years old, it could be adding a whack onto your bills due to poor efficiency. It may be worth considering upgrading – not only will you see an instant saving on energy bills but a brand new boiler is also an attractive feature to a potential buyer.
- Shrink your bills not your clothes. Reducing the temperature of your clothes wash can make a significant impact to your bills, as well as being kinder to the planet.