Advice is to insulate now as harsh winter is on the way
Following the snow fall across Britain this weekend and tumbling temperatures the National Insulation Association (NIA) is reinforcing the benefits of home insulation.
Only a few weeks ago forecasters warned that the UK should prepare for the worst winter in half-a-century with advanced weather models now predicting heavy snowfall for this winter.
Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA, advised: "Around 60% of heat can be lost through uninsulated walls and roofs; but with the right measures put in place, householders could be keeping this valuable heat in their homes.
"Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) can be installed in just a few hours, isn’t disruptive to householders and the benefits are immediate. The Government regards CWI as one of the most effective energy savings measures and all CWI installed by an NIA member comes with a CIGA 25 year guarantee.
"There are also over 7 million households in the UK that have solid walls rather than cavity walls that can benefit from home insulation. Marshall said "A lot of people who live in solid wall properties do not realise they can have them insulated, but they can and there are a range of options available. Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) can be applied either on the inside of the property using Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) or on the outside walls using External Wall Insulation (EWI), or a combination of the two known as Hybrid Wall Insulation. This means it can be installed in a wide variety of property types.
"There are other benefits too from SWI, in addition to lower energy bills; it will make the home warmer, improve sound proofing and be more comfortable to live in.
"Home insulation is the single most effective method of saving money on domestic energy bills, with savings continuing year on year and the payback period can be as little as 5 years! “The Energy Saving Trust reports that by simply installing Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) savings from £90* up to £275* per year can be made on your energy bills, depending on the size of your home. If your loft is currently uninsulated, insulation could save from £135* up to £240* a year – even if you have some loft insulation topping up to 270mm could save you money. The savings are even greater for insulating solid walls, from £145* per year in a typical gas-heated flat, up to £455* per year in a detached home! Draught-proofing windows and doors can save between £15 and £50* per year and when installed with other measures will greatly increase the comfort in a home."
The NIA advises householders that the best way to find out if their home requires insulation is to contact an NIA installer member for a free survey and quotation plus advice on any help that is available to pay for the insulation.
Homeowners can also be safe in the knowledge that an NIA installer will have signed up to a strict Code of Professional Practice, meaning peace of mind comes as standard with an NIA approved member.
To find out more, or to contact their local installer, householders should visit the NIA website on www.niaconsumer.co.uk or call 08451 636363
* All savings are based on a gas heated property with an 82% efficient boiler. Savings ranges represent the different savings which can be made in different property types. The lower end of the savings range represents installation in a 2 bedroom flat, the larger end represents installation in a 4 bed detached home. Loft top-up savings range is based on topping up from 120-270mm. Figures from Energy Saving Trust and correct for 2015.
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