Consumer tips for home cavity wall insulation

Consumer tips for home cavity wall insulation

Home insulation can dramatically reduce the cost of heating in the home by preventing warm air from escaping. It is a quick, cost-effective method of reducing energy bills by up to 40% every year. Types of home insulation include loft insulation and external wall insulation, but the type that we are going to take a closer look at today is cavity wall insulation. This has the potential to increase your home’s energy performance certificate rating and the value of your property. So, let’s begin by looking at what you first need to ask yourself…

Is cavity wall insulation right for your home?

Properties with solid walls are unable to have cavity wall insulation; properties built before the 1920’s tend to have solid walls. This means there are no cavity walls (space between the outer and inner brick) for the insulation to be inserted between. However, properties built after 2005 may already have cavity wall insulation included as part of their original construction, and you may just be none the wiser. Also, damp issues will need to be corrected and access to exterior walls ensured before the process can begin.

Understanding the installation process

The majority of homes have a space between the inner and outer brick, which is left empty to prevent damp issues. It is now possible to make use of this space by adding cavity wall insulation, the process being relatively simple and taking a professional installer around 2-3 hours. To begin with, a series of small holes will be drilled into the outer wall or your property and then the insulation will be inserted. The insulation material used will either be foam, beads or wool, but the aim remains the same; to stop heat from escaping and cooler air from passing through. Continue reading

Energy Suppliers Urge Home Owners to Get Free Insulation.

Department of Energy and Climate ChangeThe main 6 British energy companies are preparing to make a final push in an attempt to meet their energy efficiency targets. They are doing this by urging people who own their homes to get free loft and cavity wall insulation worth £350 before the government backed scheme ends at the end of 2012.

The energy companies have to meet their carbon emissions reduction targets (Cert) which have been set by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in a bid to make UK homes more energy efficient.

The companies have to of provided a target number of installations of the insulation by the end of the year. Most of the companies are believed to have reached their targets or be close to doing so. Continue reading

5 Tips to Save Energy in Your Home

piggy bankThe cost of electricity for domestic purposes increased by 8.3 percent in real terms between Q1 2011 and Q1 2012 in the United Kingdom. On average, a household paid 37 pounds more for electricity in 2011 than in 2010. Today, a 10 per cent increase in energy prices is expected each year, putting already strained domestic users under further financial stress.

This increase highlights the need to save energy around the house, not just for monetary reasons, but also for the environment. By making a few changes in your house, you can drastically reduce your electricity bill, and lower your carbon footprint. Continue reading