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Consider Energy Ratings when Selecting Rental Property in Edinburgh.

By Adrian_Morrison Subscribe to RSS | January 12th 2012 | Views:

Certain actions of energy conservation on different levels of a building that can save money and would be beneficial to the environment alike can be undertaken by the dwellers and are described below.

Under-floor insulation:

Stone wool has excellent insulation properties and can be used to insulate the leakages of the floorboard joints, especially in ground floor flats that lose the heat quickly to the ground. This method is though one of the least expensive for this purpose but it still costs considerably so it is advisable to seek assistance from local authorities wherever possible depending upon person’s circumstance.

Attic insulation:

Un-insulated attic space is one the major causes of major heat loss in a house. This can be aptly prevented or reduced by a standardized insulation of 270-300mm of the attic ceiling and floor. In case of uncertainty of the standard of existing insulation, a professional assessment would give a clear idea of the shortcoming which can easily be made up for. A grant of £130 is available towards the costs of attic insulation in Scotland but in certain circumstances depending upon age and financial status, this grant can cover the full of the cost.

Windows and door glazing:

Another source of considerable heat loss are improperly insulated windows. Double and/or additional glazing, which comprises an additional insulated window and frame being placed inside the main window, helps prevent loss of precious heat. The costs vary considerably and depend on the size, type, materials chosen and number of additional glazing. These are though expensive to install but are very cost effective and energy efficient over their life span. The double/triple glazed windows has the added advantage of being sound proof as well and help reduce outside noise.

Management of the central heating system:

Management of the central heating systems is critical to save energy and reduce cost. This can be accomplished by installing modern control units that have a timer to auto-regulate the heating and water temperatures and should be situated closer to the boiler. Each room and each radiator should have independent thermostats sothat only the rooms on use can be heated and not the whole house unnecessarily. The temperature should be set as low as possible to the comfort of the residents and this normally ranges between 18oC to 20oC.

Heat storing electric heaters:

Off peak electricity use is another way to save money and certain electric heaters operate exactly on this rule. They run at off peak cheaper rate electricity to store heat and then release it later when required. Modern fan heaters are among the most efficient of these.

Energy efficient light:

The LED energy saver lights are widely available at very affordable prices now. These are many times longer lasting and more energy efficient compared to low energy bulbs.

Adrian_Morrison - About Author:
Adrian Morrison is a marketing officer for Greenlet, property lettings website in Edinburgh. If you want more information on rent in edinburgh, please visit edinburgh flats.

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