Fight Against the Cold This Winter

With the arrival of the recent cold weather, millions of people up and down the country are feeling the chill. Around 25% of all heat in the home is lost through the roof, often leading to a very cold loft. One of the best ways to ensure that those cold feet are kept warm during the long winter months is to invest in the latest insulation technologies. The initial cost of good quality insulation may put people off but in most cases, reductions in heating bills mean that the investment pays for itself within just the first 24 months of installation. The newest insulation methods also are effective for at least 40 years giving you piece of mind, as well as keeping you warm.

One of the cheapest ways to ensure that your loft temperature stays nice and toasty is to upgrade your cavity wall insulation, which could save you up to £160 a year. Most homes that were built after the 1920s have cavity walls and an easy way to tell is to look at the brick pattern.

cavity wall insulation

If your bricks have a regular brick pattern (left), you probably have cavity walls whereas if your bricks alternate in size (right) you probably have solid walls. If you have solid walls, don’t worry! Solid walls can still be insulated, and though it’ll cost that bit more, they actually save more money in the long run that standard cavity walls.

So how much can you save? The table below shows costs and potential savings for houses in England, Scotland and Wales. In Northern Ireland, the payback time is even quicker at around 2-4 years.


The Green Deal Initiative

Britain’s building stock is one of the oldest in Europe. In order to bring it up to date, properties need to be adequately insulated. Then, once buildings are properly insulated, occupiers will spend less on energy bills to heat them. The government has recently introduced the Green Deal Initiative to help businesses and home owners to implement more green technologies in their properties. It’s a very simple idea, install green technology in your property and pay no upfront costs. The costs incurred will be repaid through your energy bill over a period of time. The ‘loan’ is associated with the property rather than the bill payer so there’s no obligation to continue paying after you move out.

The golden rule of the initiative is that the expected savings must equal or be greater than the costs attached to the energy bill. There are two main ways to apply for the scheme, through a Green Deal Provider or via a Green Deal Assessment.

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