How To Ensure Your Home Is Winter-proof

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Many households tend to suffer from high energy bills during winter. It is during the Winter season that the most energy consuming household appliances are switched on and are kept running for most of the day. However, people often forget to switch these machines off, wasting valuable electricity.

The majority of homes are able to accomodate cavity wall or loft insulation. With the new insulation grants, home owners will find cavity wall insulation and loft insulation more affordable than ever. Cavity wall insulation can be installed in houses built between 1930 and 1995, and loft insulation can installed in almost every home. Houses built after 1995 will already have some form of insulation.

To be eligible for cavity wall insulation the walls of the household should have a gap of 50mm. These cavities will be injected with an insulating material which will prevent valuable heat from escaping. Material used will either by mineral fibre wool or vermiculite. Many do-it-yourself insulating materials are available in hardware stores. However, due to health hazards it is recommend that a trained professional carries out the work. The insulation grant doesn’t just cover the material, but also the labour too – which means it can often by far cheaper to get a professional in rather than doing it yourself.

Other forms of insulation involve carpeting and loft insulation. There methods help to further reduce cost generally reducing energy bills by over 179 pounds annually. Loft insulation is quick and mess-free, it usually takes just 72 hours to arrange a date to install the insulation and just 1-3 hours on the day to fit. Up to 60kg of carbon dioxide can be saved each year from entering the atmosphere. The environmental benefits are vast and reduction in bills and consumption will improve tremendously. Many home owners who’ve had insulation installed would highly recommend it to anyone else.

Insulation grants are given to all homeowners. Your age, salary and whether you receive benefits will dictate the level of grant you receive. The grant ranges from 50% to 100% depending on your age, job and benefits you receive.If your grant does not cover the full cost of the insulation, the remaining amount will usually be covered by the energy saved in the proceeding 12 months. Insulation grants are the first step in a plan to reduce UK-wide carbon emissions.