Insulation is one of the best ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home is to improve the insulation. The areas which benefit the foremost from being insulated are the loft and exterior walls. Around 1 / 4 of the warmth in an uninsulated house is lost through the roof consistent with the Energy Saving Trust. Laying 27cm of insulation during a n uninsulated loft can save to £175 a year in a typical three-bed semi with gas heating system . Even if you have already got loft insulation, it’s going to not be enough. The Energy Saving Trust recommends 27cm of loft insulation and if everyone followed this recommendation then the combined saving might be £500 million a year!
You can of course get a professional company in to insulate your loft, but it’s a pretty straightforward DIY job if you have the time and/or inclination. You simply purchase the insulation and lay it between the joists then across them at a 90-degree angle to make two layers. You can even add rigid insulation boards which provides useful storage space in the loft. You can get insulation granules for filling awkward spaces and environmentally friendly insulation made from recycled plastic or newspapers. Your local DIY store will have an honest selection and you’ll easily order online and have it delivered to your door. While you’re within the loft, remember to insulate any water pipes and tanks while you’re there, as insulating the ground will make the loft even colder as less heat will get through from the rooms below which suggests greater chance of frozen pipes within the winter – don’t take any risks when it involves burst pipes insulate them within the loft and anywhere else you’ll easily access them!
Up to a 3rd of the warmth of an uninsulated home is lost through the walls, so if you home has cavity walls you ought to check out insulating them as this could produce savings of up to £135 a year, but unlike loft insulation, this isn’t employment you’ll do yourself. You will need to get an installer who will make small holes in your home’s exterior walls and force insulation material into the cavity. Insulating houses with solid brick or stone exterior walls is a smaller amount straightforward, but the potential savings are even bigger with savings up to £475 a year.
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