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Home Insulation: Comfortable, Greener Living that Saves you Money
60% of the heat generated in the average home is lost via the roof and walls due to poor insulation. Translated into money, that’s quite a substantial waste, not to mention the negative environmental aspects of producing more energy than needed.
Why fritter away good money on wasted energy when you could, for a reasonable outlay, insulate your home and enjoy lower fuel bills?
And there are other benefits apart from the financial ones. Dampness and condensation in a living space can be harmful to health and in some cases will worsen conditions such as respiratory illnesses and allergies. And a warm home is a happy home, so why shiver through the winter when home insulation could bring you warm, comfortable living, year round?
When you come to sell your home, you’ll want the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to be as favourable as possible, and home insulation will make a real difference to that too. So, you could even increase the value of your home by insulating it.
The Green Deal, part of the Energy Bill placed before Parliament at the end of 2010, is due to be launched in the autumn of 2012. The aim of the programme is to boost the energy efficiency of homes and small businesses by offering incentives funded by energy bill savings. One of these initiatives is home insulation.
Which Home Insulation?
Cavity wall insulation effectively fills the gap between two walls. If your home was built after 1920, it is likely it will have external walls made up of two layers, with a cavity between them. In the region of a third of the heat lost from un-insulated homes goes through the walls and savings of over £100 a year can be made by insulating cavity walls, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Loft insulation stops heat escaping through the roof. A quarter of the heat lost from an un-insulated home disappears through the roof so loft insulation is vital if you wish to keep your home warm, and your energy bills low. Topping up loft insulation can make a real difference too as the thicker the insulation, the more effective it is.
Draught proofing can save around £25 per year on heating bills, according to the Energy Saving Trust. After testing the outlets of the home, we’ll fit draught excluders to door and window frames to prevent heat escaping through the gaps.
Solid wall insulation can save in the region of £375 per year. Most properties built before 1920 will have solid walls as opposed to cavity walls and, according to the Energy Saving Trust, that accounts for one in four homes. Solid walls can be insulated internally or externally.
Floor insulation can save around £50 a year. Placing insulation under floorboards will effectively reduce heat loss and gaps between floors and skirting boards can be filled to add to the savings, and boost the warmth of the home.
Time to get Insulated and Start Saving Money? Call Fresh.
Here at Fresh, we care about the long term satisfaction of our customers which is why we’re keen to help them make worthwhile investments now, that will serve them well – and save them money – long into the future. Our insulation specialists will install the best quality materials for your home insulation to match your budget.
For more information on our home insulation services or to arrange your free, initial consultation, survey and estimate, get in touch today.