Reducing our carbon emissions is top of the political agenda as the UK attempts to meet legally binding agreements on carbon reduction levels.
Despite the debate around whether the current policy is going to add to rather than reduce energy bills, it is widely agreed that insulation is one of the most cost efficient ways of bringing down the cost of the nation’s energy bills. With prices rising at five times the average income and an increasing number of housholds in fuel poverty, finding other ways to reduce energy use has never been more resonant.
We asked the National Insulation Association (NIA) to give us its top ten tips about insulation, which they call ‘one sure way for householders to keep the heat in and reduce their energy bills is to install insulation’.
- Over 60% of a home’s heat can be lost through un-insulated walls and lofts. A hassle-free way to save energy and prevent money disappearing into thin air is to stop this heat escaping with insulation.
- Solid Wall Insulation can save around £475 a year on householder’s fuel bills year-on-year! It can also reduce a home’s carbon footprint by around 2 tonnes of CO2 a year.
- If every UK household suitable for Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) installed it, a saving of 4 million tonnes of CO2 every year could be made – a decrease in 560kg of CO2 per household. CWI pays for itself in around 2 years and will typically save around £140 a year on householder’s fuel bills.
- Draught proofing around leaky door and window frames can save around £55 a year on heating bills and can make a home feel more snug and pleasant.
- Insulating under the floorboards on your ground floor will save you around £60 a year, and you can seal the gaps between floors and skirting boards to reduce further draughts too.
- Loft insulation can save around £180 per year on householder’s fuel bills and around 730kg of CO2 a year.
- If you’re worried about the longevity of your insulation, you can get a 25 year guarantee from the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA) when CWI is installed, providing the householder with an independent, uniform and dependable guarantee.
- Tax allowances of up to £1,500 are available until 2015 for Landlords through the Landlords Energy Saving Allowance. Enabling landlords to claim the cost of insulation solutions on all their properties.
- Homeowners can be safe in the knowledge that an NIA installer will have signed up to a strict Code of Professional Practice.
- The best way to find out if a house requires insulation is to contact an NIA installer member for a free survey and quotation by using the postcode locator search on the NIA’s home page.
To find out more or to contact their local installer, householders should visit the NIA website on www.nia-uk.org or call 08451 636363.