In an uninsulated home, about a quarter of heat generated will rise and be lost through the roof. Insulating the roof and loft space of your home is the simplest, most cost-effective way of saving energy and reducing your heating bills. Insulation should be applied to the loft area to a depth of at least 270mm, both between the joists and above, as the joists themselves create a "heat bridge" and transfer heat to the air above. With modern insulating materials and techniques, it is still possible to use the space as a habitable space or for storage by using insulated floor panels. On an average detached house in the UK, an annual saving of £500 could be achieved.
When installing loft insulation, professional installation is a must.
If your loft is insufficiently insulated, you are likely to be losing a third of your heating costs through your roof. You can save wasted energy and money simply by insulating your loft to the recommended depth of 270mm. A standard loft insulation installation comprises not only of the fitting of the loft insulation, but will also bring the property up to current Building Regulations standards. The lagging of the cold water tanks and the pipes will be also be dealt with at no additional cost. This virtually eliminates any possibility of pipes or tanks bursting during cold weather. Your loft hatch will also be draught proofed and insulated where possible.
Free Cavity Wall Insulation
About 35% of all heat loss from UK homes takes place through external walls. Most homes built after 1930 have twin exterior walls with a narrow cavity between them. This can be filled by injecting insulating materials such as foam or beads into the wall. This reduces the heat passing between them, reducing the money you spend on heating.
If you're unsure whether your walls have a cavity in them you can usually check by either looking at the pattern of bricks or by measuring the thickness of the walls next to a door or window: If the thickness of the wall is 260mm or greater, the wall probably has a cavity. If the brickwork is exposed, look at the brick pattern. If the bricks are all oblong, laid end-to-end then the wall is likely to have a cavity. The wall is likely to be solid if some of the bricks are laid with the square end facing or if the wall is stone.
On an average detached house in the UK, an annual saving of £500 could be achieved.
With cavity wall insulation, professional installation is a must.
Un-insulated cavity walls lose a third or more of the heat generated within the property. So for an uninsulated house that’s £1 of heat escaping for every £3 spent heating it. If your house was built after 1930 then your property will probably have cavity walls which may need insulating. It requires specialist, well maintained equipment costing several thousands of pounds to inject the insulation material - generally blown fibre - into the cavity effectively. With the right equipment, handled by experienced installers, the whole process should take between 2-3 hours depending on the size of the property.
About Affordable Warmth Grants
What Is Affordable Warmth?
Affordable Warmth funding is designed to reduce the carbon footprint of properties in the UK and is available via Government Grants. The Carbon Savings Community Obligation ( CSCo ) will require energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency measures worth around £190m per year through to March 2018. The CSCo will target households across Great Britain in specified areas to improve energy efficiency standards. To ensure that rural areas are able to benefit from t he CSCo element of the ECO , we will require energy suppliers to deliver a minimum of 15% of their CSCo obligation to low - income households living in rural areas. More Information Here.
Why Do You Qualify For Funding?
It is the occupier of the property that qualifies for funding. Saving Energy Group focus upon properties that are off gas mainly, because typically there is a restrictive fuel market and as such the occupier is forced to use Oil or Coal to heat their Home. Oil and Coal are of course the most damaging environmental fuels, but the rural property has little choice. The idea therefore is that where the 'Dirtiest' energy is used, the more effective the insulation in reducing one's Carbon footprint! The other factor is of course the rising cost of fossil fuels, and as such the rural fuel bill is often substantially more than the urban one.
Do You Have To Claim The Money?
No. We at Saving Energy Group arrange for a full property survey which gives your property access to funding, of which you will be asked to pay £0. If the property requires the necessary insulation measures, we then arrange the installation at a time convenient for you. The installation company will then install the work, provide the certificate of installation along with the guarantees. The installation company then approach an Energy Company, who have the obligation to pay for the work, with the paperwork and evidence of the install and are then paid by the Energy Company directly. At no point will you be asked for or be expected to pay any money whatsoever.
Where Does The Money Come From?
Quite simply it is collected through taxation via your (and everyone's) energy bill. This money is then accumulated and released to qualifying individuals, such as those who install correct insulation. It is via The Green Tax Levy.
About The Installation
Who Does The Work To My Property?
The Companies who are responsible for the actual works are national companies that are accredited by the government to due to them being specialists in their fields.
What Sort Of Guarantees Do You Have?
Even though the work is funded you still receive the standard manufacturers warranty, and the installation certificate. In fact because the work is completed through the ECO funding stream the work is completed to a very high standard indeed. There are few installation companies actually permitted to install fully-funded works, and as such require a separate accreditation and intense external auditing commitments.
What Type Of Materials Are Used At Your Property?
This all depends upon the type and location of your property, in particular with relevance to cavity wall insulation.
Getting More Advice
Where Can You Get More Energy Advice?
The DECC website is a great source of information.
Do You Qualify?