Reducing heat loss in your home
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce your energy bills, installing insulation or draught-proofing to your property will help reduce heat loss. There are several effective ways to insulate your home which can drastically reduce heat loss while lowering your heating bills.
Don’t underestimate the small little fixes which can mount up to significant savings on your energy bills. For example, you could save £20 a year in heating costs by fitting your hot water cylinder with an insulating jacket (saving approximately 110kg of carbon dioxide emissions/year).
Whether you’re looking for quick wins or interested in having your home professionally insulated, the suggestions below will help you maintain a constant temperature all year round.
Cavity wall insulation
About a third of all the heat lost in our homes are due to uninsulated walls. By property insulating cavity walls, you will save energy and reduce the cost of your heating bills.
Solid wall insulation
Insulating your solid walls will cut the cost of your heating considerably and will make your home warmer in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer. If your property was built before 1920’s the likelihood is that your external walls are solid rather than cavity walls. Find out more about Internal Wall Insulation and External Wall Insulation.
Insulating your floors, especially floors above unheated spaces like garages will help you keep heat in your home. Newer homes tend to have ground floors made of solid concrete, whilst older homes may have suspended timber floors.
Roof and loft insulation
You can lose 25% of heat through the roof of an uninsulated home, insulating your loft is a great and simple way to lower your heating bills. Find out more about Flat Roof Insulation and Loft Insulation.
Heat can escape from any gaps, holes or cracks, from gaps in windows and doors to open chimneys in your home which makes draught-proofing one of the most cost-effective ways to lower your energy bills.
Windows and doors
Double and triple glazing windows help reduce heat loss, replacing your external doors with more energy efficient doors or installing draught-proofing measures will help too.
Insulating tanks, pipes and radiators
You can save money and reduce energy bills by insulating water tanks and pipes to keep them hotter for longer.
Alternatively you can find your local Government endorsed insulation specialist on Trustmark.