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MOT Your Home™ with George Clarke

George Clarke has recently teamed up with Pilkington Building Products to promote the Pilkington MOT Your Home™ initiative. The May edition of Ideal Homes ran a feature on energy efficiency measures, we can all easily implement, in order to improve the efficiency of our homes. 


Buying a home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make, but do you carry out regular checks as you do on your car? Most of us don’t.

However, there are good reasons to give your home an energy MOT.

Efficiency measures should mean lower fuel bills for you. And house hunters are starting to assess a property’s ‘green’ credentials, so an energy-efficient boiler, loft insulation or improved glazing may give your home an edge when you come to sell. Teaming up with Pilkington, George Clarke, below, presenter of Channel 4’s The Home Show, reveals how you can make your home more of an energy saver than a spender.

Cut heat loss

In many homes, the top priority has to be addressing heat loss. ‘A lot of heat is lost through inefficient windows, the roof and floorboards,’ says George.

‘You may be able to fill some gaps in floorboards with wood filler, and change your carpet to a heavier one. Roof and joist spaces can be insulated with glass mineral wool (at all good DIY stores). Insulating the loft and cavity walls is also crucial, and grants may be available for this work. Substantial energy savings will come too through fitting the latest energy-efficient glazing.’

Keep warmth in

Windows have a big impact on the amount of heat needed to keep a house warm, which is why fitting energy-efficient glazing can make a significant difference. One company at the forefront of energy-efficient glazing is Pilkington, a leader in innovative solutions since it was founded over 170 years ago.

The Pilkington energiKare™ range of efficient glazing lets in more heat from the sun and reduces heat loss by up to 90 per cent, compared to single glazing – saving £10,000 or more over a lifetime of fuel bills in an average semi-detached house. It does this by using two types of glass: Pilkington K Glass™, which stops heat escaping, and Pilkington Optiwhite™, a special extra clear glass that draws in heat from the sun. And if you dream of windows that need less cleaning, Pilkington has also pioneered the development of Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass, which relies on nature to keep it clean – saving on cleaning products and waste. It has a special coating that reacts with daylight to break down organic dirt and encourage rainwater to sheet down the glass to remove loosened dirt, reducing streaking. The result is a cleaner, clearer view.

Choose a style to suit

If you live in an older building or a conservation area, there’s no need to lose the look of traditional windows. You can replace single glazing with Pilkington energiKare™ Legacy – this uses a vacuum process to fit very thin glazing into old window frames in modern or period homes. All glazing exceeds the current regulations for optimum thermal insulation. So whether you live in a contemporary studio flat or a Georgian rectory, Pilkington has the glazing to suit your design – and your budget.

Give your home a green makeover

Follow architect and TV presenter, George Clarke’s helpful check list to see how you can make your home more energy efficient

Top tips from George Clarke

‘I love using glass. It connects you to the outside world and, used inside, creates dramatic spaces’

George Clarke, architect and TV presenter George has recently finished renovating his own house. Here are more of his practical ideas on how you can save energy – and money – in your home.

  1. Invest in efficient double glazing, solar panels and energy-efficient heating. Pilkington energiKare™ glazing allows the sun’s heat into a room and can reduce the heat lost through the windows by up to 90 per cent.
  2. Only heat the rooms you are using. Turn off the radiators in rooms the family rarely or never goes in, or have them on minimum setting only to keep the room or rooms aired.
  3. Insulate your pipe work, especially pipes in the loft – and get your loft insulated to a thickness of at least 270mm. Doing this should save you about £150 a year on fuel bills.
  4. Cover your hot water cylinder with a lagging jacket at least 75mm thick. This could save you £35 a year and will pay for itself in just six months.
  5. Fit energy-saving light bulbs. These save you money and also reduce carbon emissions. In fact, if every household in the UK installed just one low-energy light bulb, this could save enough CO2 to fill London’s Royal Albert Hall

The full article can be found in Mays issue of Ideal Home.