Heating and insulation improvements
Efficient heating systems and good insulation can significantly reduce costs. From time to time, there is grant funding to help with the cost of heating and insulation for households that meet certain eligibility criteria.
Over 50% of the heat you pay for is probably lost through un-insulated walls and lofts.
Insulating these will not only improve the comfort of your home and save money on fuel bills, but may help with problems caused by mould and condensation.
Here's more information on insulation from the Energy Saving Trust.
- Good insulation, including loft insulation, jackets for hot-water cylinders and double or secondary glazing, helps keep heat in and reduce heating costs. If you cannot afford to double-glaze your home, you can use secondary glazing kits which are available from DIY stores, which are easy to remove once warmer weather comes.
- Without loft insulation you could be losing as much as 15%* of your heating costs through your roof unnecessarily. If you currently have no insulation and install the recommended depth (270mm) you could save around £145* a year on your heating bills! Or if you already have some insulation, why not top it up to 270mm and feel even more warm and toasty?
- Make sure your hot water cylinder is properly lagged either with solid foam insulation or an 80mm lagging jacket. If you have an old lagging jacket fit a new one over the top of it.
- If your central heating system also heats your hot water, lag the pipes between the boiler and the tank.
- Line your curtains and make sure they are a third bigger than the window area. This will help reduce draughts.
- Place aluminium foil behind radiators on outside walls to reflect heat back into the room.
- Insulate hot-water pipes.
- Fit draught excluders to windows and doors.
- Cover keyholes and letter boxes.