There’s nothing quite as gratifying as the feeling that your home has had a bit of a makeover and renovation, and by making a few simple home improvements you can change the look and feel of your home.

Putting your old junk into bags and re-doing that room which had hitherto remained neglected can give you a feeling of renewal, which is so often needed in the new year.

There are, however, more practical and substantial changes you can make which will not only make your home feel updated, but will actually serve a purpose.

Window upgrade

It can be hard to proudly invite people into your home knowing that they are going to judge you for your poor quality windows & doors. If you’re thinking about that and it’s becoming a reason not to invite people into your home, you should really think about how much new windows cost and when you can get yours replaced.

Adjustments being made to Double Glazed Windows

Getting your windows replaced doesn’t just serve an aesthetic purpose, however. It provides a practical means of keeping your home warm and condensation free when it starts to get chilly outside.

Double-glazed windows aren’t just two panes of glass in a modern frame; they have an insulating layer of argon gas to help ensure noise and harsh weather are kept well and truly outdoors.

Replacing your windows will only take one to two days on average, so it could be well worth your time.

Heat pumps

If you are researching means to keep your home warm and toasty, but also save on heating bills then both air and underground source pumps are perfect for fuelling your home economically.

They extract heat through either the ground or air, and it doesn’t even have to be pleasantly balmy weather outside for this to work. It manages to move cold air from the outside, warm it up, and use it to heat your home.

While you won’t be able to see all the components of an underground pump, you will get some insight as to how an air source pump works by how it looks on the outside.

It has refrigerant coils (as on a refrigerator) that absorb all the natural heat from the air. These coils transfer this hot air to your home and start the process naturally again.

These are a great means of using the natural process of heating and cooling down air.

Solar panels

Embedded Solar Panels being installed

While the Feed-in-Tariff may have expired, the new Grid Trade incentive gives homeowners an equal incentive to start using their solar panel to not only fuel their home’s electricity supply but also to sell some of that unused electricity back to the grid.

On top of this, you will, on average, save around £90-£200 a year on your electricity bills. Solar panels are a long-term investment.

This is ideal for those who want to improve their home’s functionality and reduce their carbon footprint in the process.

If you are looking for some practical home improvements to make this year, then consider a few renewable means of keeping your home warm and toasty, and economically powered.

Heat pumps are a renewable energy option that many people may have never considered, and when paired with solar panels can save you money on both your heating and electricity bills.

Installing double-glazed windows is just the cherry on top when it comes to saving on utility bills.

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