With the Spring Bank Holiday just around the corner and homeowners planning to kick-start their DIY, thinkinsulation.com provides top tips on the simplest and most cost-effective ways to deliver home improvements and save money this weekend.
- Homes which don’t have any loft insulation can save on average £150 per year on their fuel bills from when it’s installed to the recommended depth of 270mm. Not only is installing loft insulation a pretty straightforward job, but it will boost your homes energy efficiency rating too. And even if you’ve already installed loft insulation, by topping it up to 270mm you could save on average an additional £45 year on year. For more information on how much money and energy you could save on loft insulation visit www.thinkinsulation.com
- According to the Energy Saving Trust, there are still 6.3 million homes, which need cavity wall insulation. Cavity wall insulation pays for itself in around two years, and it will typically save 15 per cent – or £115 – a year on your home’s fuel bills. Although not a job for the novice DIY’er, cavity wall insulation needs to be installed by a professional and can be installed in a single day. And the cost of having cavity wall insulation installed has never been lower, as it’s subsidised by the Government which has pledged to slash the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Find out more about applying for a grant at www.direct.gov.uk.
- A further 7 million homes have un-insulated solid walls. External wall insulation can save a whopping £400 a year on energy bills. This means that although it requires a significant investment to install, it begins to pay for itself immediately with huge money savings…and these will continue year on year. Alternatively, internal wall insulation can save around £380 a year on energy bills, and an impressive two tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. For more information and advice, including how to find out if a property has cavity or solid walls, visit www.thinkinsulation.com.
Additional energy-saving tips from thinkinsulation.com
- Replace all your light bulbs with energy saving bulbs. Lasting up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, saving you around £40 over the lifetime of the bulb.
- Turning your thermostat down to reduce your room temperature by 1°C, could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £55 per year.