Guide to home insulation

Home insulation is one of the most effective ways to increase the energy efficiency of your property and save cash at the same time. If your home isn't insulated, it's quick and easy to get started and in the long run it will make your house a better place to be.

Facts about home insulation

Home insulation locks in the warmth that would otherwise escape as waste energy. As a result, your heating bills will decrease, as well as your carbon footprint, making for a better situation all round.

Annual savings

Loft insulation alone could save you approximately £175 a year on bills and cavity wall insulation is only slightly less of a saving at £135. This might not sound like much, but home insulation is a permanent addition to your household, saving you money year after year - indeed, approximately £520 million would be saved each year if everyone in the UK had the recommended level of loft insulation.

There are plenty of services you can go to to increase the insulation in your home, such as homeinsulationservices.co.uk, tescohomeefficiency.com and britishgas.co.uk. You can even get your home assessed for free if you're not quite sure what you need.

Getting a grant

If this all sounds like something you'd be interested in getting involved in, but are worried about the short term cost, then you may want to find out whether you are eligible for a grant. A government scheme is set to provide grants to people of many different circumstances, with the proviso that the insulation is done by a professional. For more information on grants, visit, energysavingtrust.org.uk/Take-action/Grants-and-Discounts-Database.

Is home insulation for you?

If you haven't gotten home insulation yet, it is something you should seriously consider. It is a permanent improvement to your home that not only saves you money in the long run, but is also good for the environment and you could even get it installed for free, if you're eligible. It's a deal that suits all parties!

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