3 August 2023

How To Make an Apartment Energy Efficient… and Why Choose One That Already Is

In today's fast-paced world, efficient energy use is not only essential for our environment – it’s also a game-changer for modern living. 

Only a tiny fraction of privately-rented homes in the UK achieve an energy efficiency rating in band A or B. What’s more, the vast majority fall into band D or below; but perhaps most worryingly, 213,000 privately-rented homes only achieve an energy efficient rating of band F or G (Statista).

This is a clear cause for concern. However, the ONS (Office For National Statistics) reports that apartments, flats and maisonettes have the potential to be the most efficient type of dwelling in the UK. This highlights the point that a few tweaks and changes can have a dramatic impact on your monthly/yearly bills, as well as the environment.

At Greenpoint, energy efficiency lies at the core of our vision. Our premium apartments in Derby, Grantham, Leicester, Northampton, and Nottingham are meticulously designed for optimal energy efficiency, ensuring a reduced carbon footprint and lower utility bills. Browse our locations now to find a Greenpoint in your area.

In today’s blog post, we’ll share the key ways in which we achieve this luxury/sustainability blend. We’ll also delve into some practical tips on reducing energy costs, if your home isn’t secured by the Greenpoint sustainability promise.

Premium Meets Sustainable: 6 Ways Greenpoint Ensures ALL of our Apartments are Energy Efficient

At Greenpoint, we believe that premium living and sustainable practices go hand in hand. As part of our occupier focus, we are committed to ensuring that all of our apartments are designed with energy efficiency as a top priority. Here are six key features that make our apartments the epitome of eco-friendly luxury.

1. Solar Panels

Harnessing the power of the sun, a selection of our apartment blocks feature state-of-the-art solar panels. These panels convert sunlight into clean, renewable energy, reducing your reliance on traditional energy sources. 

2. Modern Boiler Systems

Greenpoint apartments are equipped with modern and efficient boiler systems, each with a high energy star rating. These systems utilise advanced technology to minimise heat loss and optimise energy usage. With our cutting-edge boilers, you can enjoy a comfortable living environment while reducing your CO2 emissions and lowering your heating costs.

3. High Efficiency Appliances

From refrigerators and washing machines to dishwashers and air conditioning units, Greenpoint appliances are designed to maximise performance while reducing energy consumption, helping you save on both your energy costs and do your bit for the environment.

4. EV Charging

Electric vehicle sales “continue to soar in the green revolution” (Gov.uk), and Greenpoint is proud to support this trend. 

We offer dedicated EV charging points in many of our apartment complexes; by providing convenient and accessible charging facilities, we encourage our residents to embrace sustainable transportation options. 

In this way, a Greenpoint apartment helps you embrace the future of clean, emission-free travelling.

5. Smart Thermostats

Greenpoint apartments are also equipped with smart thermostats that adapt to your lifestyle and preferences. These intelligent devices allow you to optimise your heating and cooling settings, ensuring that energy is only used when necessary. 

With the ability to control your apartment's temperature remotely, you can enjoy personalised comfort while reducing your energy consumption.

6. LED Lighting

Our apartments are fitted with LED bulbs that consume significantly less energy, last longer, and emit less heat. By illuminating your living space with LED lighting, you can create a warm and inviting ambiance while minimising your electricity usage and lowering your utility bills.

How To Make an Apartment Energy Efficient

While not everyone has the luxury of calling themselves a Greenpoint occupier, it’s still possible to improve the efficiency of your apartment. Depending on your situation and tenancy terms, you may be able to discuss some changes with your landlord, or work with housemates to create a more energy efficient environment. 

Of course, when you take an apartment with Greenpoint, you won’t need to worry; all of our apartments are designed to be optimally efficient. Moreover, as part of our personalised service offering, we’ll be on-hand to help out or provide guidance whenever you need us. 

Contact us now to learn about the exciting opportunities presented by Greenpoint. 

How To Address High-Usage Apartments 

When it comes to creating an energy efficient apartment, small changes can make a big difference. By implementing these practical tips and smart choices, you can reduce your energy consumption and contribute to a greener future.

  1. Transition to LED bulbs or energy-saving lightbulbs: By replacing traditional incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs or energy-saving alternatives, you can significantly reduce your electricity usage.

  2. Explore solar panel installations: Solar power helps offset your electricity usage, lower your bills, and reduce your reliance on traditional energy sources.

  3. Choose energy star-rated devices: When purchasing new appliances, look for the Energy Star label. These devices are designed to operate efficiently and consume less energy without sacrificing performance.

  4. Turn 'vampire appliances' off standby: Many electronic devices consume energy even when they're in standby mode, a phenomenon known as 'phantom power.' Combat this energy waste by unplugging devices or using power strips with an on/off switch.

  5. Invest in appliances that use less water: Look for appliances such as washing machines, showerheads and dishwashers with high water-efficiency ratings.

  6. Switch to a smart meter: Installing a smart meter allows you to monitor your energy usage in real-time, helping you make informed decisions.

Find Your Greenpoint

Creating an energy efficient apartment isn't just a trend; it's a necessity for a sustainable future. By implementing energy-saving practices and embracing eco-friendly technologies, you can make a significant impact on both your wallet and the environment.

Investing in energy efficiency brings a multitude of benefits. Not only will you see a substantial reduction in your energy bills and experience long-term cost savings, but you'll also contribute to a cleaner, greener world. By minimising CO2 emissions, conserving resources, and reducing your carbon footprint, you become an active participant in the global fight against climate change.

If you’re wondering how to make an apartment energy efficient, remember: it’s not just about saving money, it's also about making a positive impact. Join us at Greenpoint in creating a better tomorrow for ourselves and future generations. Browse our locations now and find your Greenpoint.

Greenpoint Living Limited
13 St Mary’s Street
Lincolnshire PE9 2DE