How to save energy in a period home without ruining its character

A farmhouse painted white with a tile roof in a countryside setting
You can improve the energy efficiency of your period home by identifying draughts and cold spots (Image credit: Getty)

If you’re living in a period cottage you may love the character but find fuel bills daunting. What can be done to reduce energy bills without damaging the building?

We put this challenge to a chartered building surveyor and historic buildings expert Marianne Suhr, and Paul Ciniglio, refurbishment lead for the National Energy Foundation. We also asked them to assume that the cottage has electric storage heating.

Alison Wall

Alison Wall is an experienced homes journalist, and former chief sub editor of Homebuilding & Renovating. She has interviewed countless self-builders and renovators regarding their projects, and has a special interest in eco builds. She is also renovating her 1970s home and garden, and has a particular interest in making her own home greener, having recently added solar panels, an EV chargepoint and a solar battery system.