Have you checked if your house is well insulated?
It is something that we tend to forget and it is always good to check before the winter cold comes.
If not well insulated, you are going to loose a lot of energy and money.
To protect the environment (and your bank account!) here are six parts of your home that need good insulation and how much you’ll be able to save if well done!
- Solid walls
Solid walls can be insulated either from the inside or the outside. As they let through twice as much heat as cavity walls, it is good to insulate them properly. From the inside, you cant fit on the wall rigid insulation boards or fill in a stud wall with some insulation material. If you choose to do it from the outside, you can fit one layer of insulation material to the wall and then cover it with a special type of render. This costs more than insulating a cavity wall, but it’s worth it as you could save from £115 to £415 a year.
OUR EXPERT ADVICETo insulate walls yourself is not complicated but it will cost you, so be ready to pay a good amount for the materials.
- Cavity walls
Cavity walls (two walls with a gap in between) don’t let as much heat as solid walls going outside and are cheaper to insulate, so that’s first good point. First, you need to know what type of walls you have in your house. When your house’ bricks have a regular pattern if you look at the exterior, this means that you have cavity walls. If the pattern is alternating, then you might have solid walls. Savings can go from £65 to £250 per year.
OUR EXPERT ADVICEThis tip is not a 100% sure, so always ask someone else’s advice before doing anything yourself.
- Roof and loft
To insulate your loft or attic, you can use rolls of mineral wool insulation. The house will be warmer, but be careful, the roof space won’t be. So you also need to insulate pipes and water tanks for them not to freeze.
You can save up from £115 to £215 a year.
OUR EXPERT ADVICEOur pipes and water tanks froze once, and trust us, it’s better to insulate them.
Seal the gaps between floors and skirting boards with a DIY store sealant. If you have concrete ground floor, you can put rigid insulation on top of it. But if you have suspensed timber floors, you can insulate them by putting mineral wool insulation under the floorboards, supported by netting between the joists. You can save from £25 to £65 by doing this.
OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe saved about £45, so it’s actually working and it’s always a good amount to save.
- Tanks, pipes and radiators
Did you know that you could insulate them as well? You can insulate your hot water cylinder with a cylinder jacket and your pipes with foam tubes. Insulating behind your radiators for example will reduce the heat that you’re going to loose. You will save money and your radiator will stay hot longer.
You can save about £89 a year.
OUR EXPERT ADVICEDid you know that you were losing heating behind the radiators? We were surprised as well, but it makes sense now we see it too.
Tired of always having gaps around your windows or doors? A simple, cheap and effective way to solve this is to use sealant to fill them. You can save around £25 per year.
OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe don’t really know how much we saved for this one, probably not that much, but the most important was that we didn’t have any more breeze coming in!