Seven eco-friendly home improvements costing from just £20

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Planning eco upgrades to your home? Try these easy energy-efficient projects.

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Planning eco upgrades to your home? Try these easy energy-efficient projects.

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Fillings gaps between floorboards While it won’t necessarily make a big difference to usage, filling gaps between floorboards is one of a few inexpensive measures to consider to make your home less draughty and more energy efficient . Glue wood slivers between floorboards, or look into making your own glue-sawdust filler. Show more. The expected cost is around £30 for a pack of 50 pieces. Window seal replacement Often overlooked in favour of bigger projects, intact window seals prevent draughts and maintain the energy efficiency of your home. Temperature changes cause window seals to expand and contract, so it’s a good idea to inspect and even replace them every five to 10 years.

“The cost of materials is relatively low, only costing between £5 to £10 per window for good quality silicone sealant,” says Mike Fairman of tradespeople directory Checkatrade. “In terms of labour, you can expect to pay around £20 to £70 per window.” If in doubt as to whether you need to replace window seals, look out for the following tell-tale signs: condensation on your windows, mould on the seals and draughts coming from around your windows. Get smart: people are thought to be more likely to turn down thermostats by a degree or two, and save energy, via an app rather than manally / Nest Smart thermostats Being able to control your heating remotely means forgetting to turn the heat off when you go away or evening plans change is a thing of the past. People are also thought to be more inclined to turn down their thermostats by a degree or two via an app rather than manually.

The cost of a smart thermostat can range from £120 to £220, depending on the make and model that you choose, says Fairman. “You also have to factor in the smart thermostat installation cost, which is usually around £30 to £80 based on one to two hours of labour for an electrician.” Have your boiler serviced The more efficient your boiler is, the less energy it will need to run. A service checks that your boiler is running efficiently, upgrading your boiler is often the most energy-efficient course of action yet can cost anywhere between £500 for the most basic option and £13,000 for a biomass model. Installation costs will be extra.

"An annual boiler service cost can either come in the form of a one-off fee of around £80 for a 30-minute service or an annual charge for insurance," says Fairman. "On average, boiler and central heating cover costs fall between £180 and £300, but this will cover you for any breakdowns. "Paying a one-off fee should work out cheaper, but the yearly cover will give you full peace of mind." READ MORE .

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upgrades to consider.Campaigner and writer Jack Monroe meets food bank users Campaigner and writer Jack Monroe meets food bank users Close Campaigner Jack Monroe writes about experiences of poverty and food bank use.Campaigner and writer Jack Monroe meets food bank users Campaigner and writer Jack Monroe meets food bank users Close Campaigner Jack Monroe writes about experiences of poverty and food bank use.d.

Fillings gaps between floorboards While it won’t necessarily make a big difference to usage, filling gaps between floorboards is one of a few inexpensive measures to consider to make your home less draughty and more energy efficient . Glue wood slivers between floorboards, or look into making your own glue-sawdust filler. Show more. The expected cost is around £30 for a pack of 50 pieces. Window seal replacement Often overlooked in favour of bigger projects, intact window seals prevent draughts and maintain the energy efficiency of your home. Temperature changes cause window seals to expand and contract, so it’s a good idea to inspect and even replace them every five to 10 years.

“The cost of materials is relatively low, only costing between £5 to £10 per window for good quality silicone sealant,” says Mike Fairman of tradespeople directory Checkatrade. “In terms of labour, you can expect to pay around £20 to £70 per window.” If in doubt as to whether you need to replace window seals, look out for the following tell-tale signs: condensation on your windows, mould on the seals and draughts coming from around your windows. Get smart: people are thought to be more likely to turn down thermostats by a degree or two, and save energy, via an app rather than manally / Nest Smart thermostats Being able to control your heating remotely means forgetting to turn the heat off when you go away or evening plans change is a thing of the past. People are also thought to be more inclined to turn down their thermostats by a degree or two via an app rather than manually.

The cost of a smart thermostat can range from £120 to £220, depending on the make and model that you choose, says Fairman. “You also have to factor in the smart thermostat installation cost, which is usually around £30 to £80 based on one to two hours of labour for an electrician.” Have your boiler serviced The more efficient your boiler is, the less energy it will need to run. A service checks that your boiler is running efficiently, upgrading your boiler is often the most energy-efficient course of action yet can cost anywhere between £500 for the most basic option and £13,000 for a biomass model. Installation costs will be extra.

"An annual boiler service cost can either come in the form of a one-off fee of around £80 for a 30-minute service or an annual charge for insurance," says Fairman. "On average, boiler and central heating cover costs fall between £180 and £300, but this will cover you for any breakdowns. "Paying a one-off fee should work out cheaper, but the yearly cover will give you full peace of mind." READ MORE .