Save your en­ergy

Cheshire Life - - At Home - Crispin Har­ris MRICS, Di­rec­tor Jack­son-Stops, Alder­ley Edge 01625 540 340 jack­

The ar­rival of a smart me­ter has in­spired change in the home of Jack­son-Stop’s Crispin Har­ris, and en­ergy-aware­ness

is hav­ing a wider ef­fect in the prop­erty mar­ket, too

I’ve re­cently had a smart en­ergy me­ter in­stalled at home be­cause we’re all think­ing about our en­ergy con­sump­tion these days and what we can do to re­duce it. It ar­rived and I didn’t give it much thought, sit­ting it on the kitchen work sur­face and go­ing about my business.

How­ever, over time I’ve come to re­alise that I’m tak­ing no­tice when the lights flash and the en­ergy con­sump­tion fig­ures grow, and it re­ally has given me a new un­der­stand­ing of the amount of en­ergy we use.

When my chil­dren are home from univer­sity, we see a huge in­crease in con­sump­tion how­ever since the smart me­ter has been in­stalled we have be­gun to no­tice a change in the fam­ily’s be­hav­iour – lights are be­ing turned off, the ket­tle is filled only for the tea and cof­fee that’s re­quired, new light bulbs have been in­stalled and our boiler tem­per­a­ture has been re­duced.

There’s a gen­eral in­crease in aware­ness of en­ergy con­sump­tion, hence the in­tro­duc­tion of smart me­ters, and this is also ap­par­ent when I’m talk­ing to clients who are look­ing to move home. Buy­ers now reg­u­larly ask about the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and run­ning costs for prop­er­ties, which em­anates from a raised aware­ness of the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of re­duc­ing con­sump­tion and from a cost point of view – hav­ing an en­ergy ef­fi­cient home can dras­ti­cally cut their out­go­ings.

When think­ing about sell­ing your home, give real cre­dence to the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency changes you can make such as a smart me­ter, LED lights, new glaz­ing or a new boiler be­cause buy­ers are more aware than ever of the ad­van­tages of liv­ing in an en­ergy ef­fi­cient home and you’ll def­i­nitely ap­peal to a wider au­di­ence.

Greta Thun­berg, your voice is be­gin­ning to be heard.

Crispin Har­ris from Jack­son Stops

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