Energy efficiency video transcript
There are many things you can do to make your home warmer and in doing so you might even save a bit of money.
Installing loft and cavity wall insulation not only lowers the amount of heat escaping, but could also reduce your fuel bills by around £230 every year.
Loft insulation is easy to install - you can even do it yourself. If you already have loft insulation, check its thickness, as adding another layer to bring it up to the recommended 270 millimetres will save energy and money.
Cavity wall insulation can be installed in a couple of hours for a typical three-bedroom house and is done from the outside. Most houses built after the 1930s will have cavity walls, but don’t worry you can insulate solid walls too, and the savings will be even greater.
There are other ways to keep heat in and reduce your heating costs -
- upgrading your old boiler to an A-rated condensing boiler with a full set of heating controls could save over £200
- double glazing will cut heat loss through windows by half, saving around £100
- insulate your hot-water tank and lag your hot water pipes, may save £40
- draught-proofing strips round windows and doors will save £20
- and if your home has cellar space, under-floor insulation can help keep the warmth in, another saving of £45