The one unusual method UK residents are using to save money on energy, and how it might work for you

person holding thermal imaging camera up to homeAs the UK’s cost of living crisis continues to put pressure on homeowners, you might be searching for ways to make your home more energy-efficient before the autumn.

Indeed, the rate of inflation rose to 9.1% in the year to May 2022, signifying an unprecedented increase in the cost of everyday goods around the UK.

What’s more, energy regulator Ofgem increased their price cap by 32% in April, and according to The Money Edit, are set to extend the cap by a further 46% in October 2022.

There are plenty of ways for homeowners to explore if you want to decrease your bills. These might be helped by the chancellor’s total reduction in VAT for energy-efficient home installations, which will remain in place until 2027.

One seemingly “unorthodox” method of identifying weak spots in your home’s energy efficiency could be by hiring thermal imaging cameras.

Read on to find out how thermal imaging cameras could help you reduce your bills in the future.

How thermal imaging cameras can help identify heat inefficiencies in your home

Thermal imaging cameras have a very simple function: they identify sources of heat.

So, when viewing your home through the lens of a thermal imaging camera, you may be able to identify areas of your home that are letting heat out. This method could help you pinpoint potential “weak spots” and help you form a strategy to rectify the issue before winter.

For example, if the thermal imaging camera shows a particular area of poor heat retention in your home’s loft, it could be wise to explore reinsulating this area before the cold weather sets in.

Or, it could be that your windows are letting out more heat than you’d realised, in which case double glazing could be a heat-efficient investment to make this year.

The potential costs of hiring a thermal imaging camera

According to the Guardian, in some areas of the UK, hiring a thermal imaging camera is free. Indeed, there are charitable programmes helping those approaching fuel poverty to assess their needs using thermal imaging cameras.

For example, the CHEESE (Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts) initiative, based in Bristol but set to be expanded nationwide, offers free thermal imaging surveys to some homeowners.

However, in many cases, homeowners will need to pay for a professional thermal imaging survey. The Guardian reports that surveying a two-bedroom house can cost approximately £125; for a 10-room home, the report suggests the process may take around three hours.

Thermal imaging cameras could be a cost-efficient way to understand, to a high degree of precision, how your home can become more energy-efficient.

If you are interested in using thermal imaging cameras to survey your home, contact a local company or charity providing this service.

Get in touch

If you are considering updating, buying, or selling a home during this time of high energy costs, get in touch with us.

For guidance homeowners can trust, email [email protected] or call 0131 339 2281 to speak to us.

Please note

The value of your investment can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

 

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