Sep 182014
 

radiatedheatIt’s that time of year again when the cold weather is starting to set in and for a lot of us; putting the heating on. It’s no secret that heating a house is expensive to say the least, but this is especially true is your house suffers from poor insulation.

The UK government have recently estimated that as much as 80% of all energy used in a single household goes towards keeping it warm. Aside from the obvious issue of expense it is also largely inefficient and a big contributor to CO2 emissions.

So what is the best way to help drive these costs down whilst still staying warm?

Roof insulation

In a word, ‘Insulation.’ Up to 1/4 of all heat is lost through the roof. You can help alleviate this by fitting decent insulation. It is relatively inexpensive and can be bought from most hardware stores.

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You can fit it yourself, but you do have to be careful when working in a loft, especially your footing as you could quite easily put a foot through the ceiling of you are not careful.

You should also take care not to cover up any ventilation holes as this is a crucial keep air circulating properly in the loft and helps to prevent condensation which may cause expensive damage later on down the line.

Wall insulation

aislamientosOnce you have the roof insulated it is now time to start looking at your wall or cavity insulation. Losing heat through the walls is the second largest culprit where heat loss is concerned, so what can be done about it?

Well the answer to this question is not straightforward as it very much depends on the when your house was built. Most houses built before the 1920’s have solid walls and are not very good at retaining heat. Your only option here is plasterboard with insulation backing. Most houses built after this period are hollow and are ripe for insulating. The most common type of insulation in this instance is fiberglass which is exceptionally good for retaining heat.

This can be done yourself if you think you are up to the job, or a professional could do it for you for a relatively small amount of money.

Once you have completing the wall insulation you can save roughly £135 per year on your energy bills so it starts to pay for itself as soon as the job is complete.

Lagging Pipes

Insulating your pipes, or lagging them as well as your boiler is a really good a way to save energy in the home. It is easy to do and can help to reduce heat loss from your boiler by up to 75% which is not to be sniffed at.

Fixing Drafts

This is one of the easiest ways to help reduce your energy bill. Draft excluders can work wonders here and help to prevent heat loss from under the door. Door strips help a great deal too and are a more permanent solution to the problem. Also check around window frames too. There are insulation strips you can buy from hardware stores which will go a long way to keeping the drafts in.

If you have any money saving insulation tips please share them with us in the comments section below.

Bembuilders are home improvement speciliasts and expert DIYers in the UK. To find out more please visit us at www.bembuilders.co,uk

 

 

 

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