There’s never been a better time to insulate your home – not only can it save money but it’ll also help you do your bit for the environment. Although most of us understand the eco aspect – the less fuel we use to heat our home, the less of a strain is put on the environment – the financial benefits are interesting to look at.
This is mainly because there’s not one central way that insulating your home can put a bit of extra cash in your pocket – it works in a whole variety of ways, from slashing your heating bills to lessening the chances that you need to claim on your boiler insurance.
Here’s five tips that should put a few quid in your wallet one way or another:
1. Insulate your cavity walls
It’s thought that as much as a third of the heat lost from your home escapes through the walls. So this should be the first place you target. Insulating your cavity walls should cost around £500 unsubsidised – and with savings of around £115 expected on your fuel bills, it’ll pay for itself fairly quickly.
2. Insulating the loft
As anyone who passed GCSE science should know, heat rises – so it’s obvious that this is where it can escape from your home. Experts reckon that around 25% of heat escapes through the loft, so it’s well worth considering. Once again the cost/savings ratio is pretty good – a £400-ish outlay in return for around £150 cut off your bills per year.
3. Insulate your pipes
The savings may be more modest – around £45 per year – but insulating your pipes and tank can save you money in other ways. For example, a well-insulated central heating system is less likely to break down, meaning in turn you may be less likely to need to make a claim on your boiler cover or home insurance. And you’ll also be cutting around 250kg from your CO2 emissions, making your home a little greener too.
4. Close your curtains as soon as dusk falls…
This is a way you can insulate your home on a day to day basis, especially on days where the temperature outside is low and the thermostat has been whacked up. It’s simple: close your curtains and heat has another barrier to get through before escaping through the windows.
5. …And consider doing it in the day too
Of course, no one wants to feel like a hermit trapped in their darkened home, but at the bleakest point of midwinter, closing your curtains in the afternoon could make all the difference in keeping your home warm but your bills manageable.
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