What should be included in a home sustainability assessment?
If like many homeowners you're always on the lookout for ways to cut energy costs, you could find that a home sustainability assessment is just what you need.
An inspector will visit your property and determine exactly where energy savings can be made, which should ultimately have a positive effect on your gas and electricity bills.
However, it's worthwhile having an understanding of exactly what an assessment entails so you know whether it's going to be beneficial - and whether your assessor has done a good job!
Choosing an assessor
The first step is to find an assessor. They should be accredited, which means they will have the necessary knowledge and qualifications to look at and make recommendations based on your energy usage.
Look for individuals who are affiliated with the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors, as they've been trained to the highest standard and should be more than up to the job.
There's an online database for you to search if you're unsure of where to find your accredited assessor.
Areas they should cover
Once you've chosen your assessor, it's time for them to get to work on analysing your property. There are several key areas they are likely to focus on when visiting your home.
For example, they need to take a closer look at the thermal rating of your home. This refers to how well your property is able to retain heat and where any areas of heat loss might lie.
Next it's time to consider your water and energy usage. Your assessor will look at the appliances you have and how efficiently you're using them to determine whether any changes need to be made.
Household waste is another area that should be tackled through your home sustainability assessment, as this can impact on the overall efficiency of your property. Are you making enough of an effort to recycle? What can you do to limit the amount of food waste?
Lastly, the assessor will put forward some suggestions on the type of improvements you might want to consider - and how much they'll cost to implement. They should also be able to offer some guidance on government legislation on certain issues, which could enhance the energy rating of your property.
A home sustainability assessment could be just what you need to bring down your energy bills in 2015 - so what are you waiting for?
Posted by Jeremy Elliott