Heat is lost principally through the walls and roof of the home. If these are un-insulated then you will be paying a lot for wasted heat. Loft insulation and cavity wall insulation are quick, cheap and easy. You will get your money back in 3 years or less, particularly as Eco Funding is sometimes available.
If you have solid walls and/or a flat roof, then insulation is more expensive to install, but grants and loans may be available to reduce this cost considerably, making these measures quite attractive in many circumstances.
Every home is different and so will need an assessment to access this finance. ecologic-energy can advise you on this and can offer a complete package from assessment to completion.
An energy assessment is the first stage of the process of improving the energy performance of your home.
An assessment can take anything from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending upon the level of detail you require or the complexity of the works. The basic assessment involves a technical survey of the home and it will identify the most effective energy saving measures that would benefit you. These are listed in a document called an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
CAVITY WALL INSULATION
Insulation is always the first type of measure to consider when trying to cut your energy costs or carbon emissions. Cavity Wall Insulation is one of the most cost-effective insulation measures.
The cost of the measure depends on the amount of wall that can be insulated. With normal weather and standard occupancy, you should get your money back in less than 3 years*. Installation for a typical home takes about 2-3 hours. All the work normally takes place outside of the home. Holes are drilled in the wall and the insulation injected.
SOLID WALL INSULATION
Solid wall insulation can dramatically improve the comfort of an old home and cut fuel costs significantly. There are two methods: external (EWI) and internal (IWI). EWI wraps the home in an insulating blanket, and IWI places the insulation behind the plaster in each room.
The cost of the measure depends on the amount of wall that can be insulated. You could save £400 or more each year*. EWI for a typical home takes about 2 weeks to complete. IWI will disrupt a room whilst being installed, but can be done room by room.
Loft Insulation is one of the most cost-effective insulation measures.
The cost of the measure depends on the amount of insulation you need to meet the current standards. With normal weather and standard occupancy, you should get your money back in less than 3 years*. Installation for a typical home takes less than 1 hour.
FLAT ROOF INSULATION
The ideal time to install flat roof insulation is when your roof covering needs renewing.
The cost of the measure depends on the size of your roof. With normal weather and standard occupancy, you should get your money back in less than 10 years*. Installation for a typical home takes less than 3 days.
UNDER FLOOR INSULATION
Under-floor Insulation is an effective insulation measure, particularly if you have a basement or crawl space beneath a timber floor.
If you have to lift floorboards then you will need a quotation. With normal weather and standard occupancy, you should get your money back in less than 10 years*. Installation for a typical home takes less than 2 days.
If your boiler is broken down or on its last legs, then a new model will heat your home more efficiently and cut your heating costs significantly. All installations include a system-flush to clean the sludge out of your system and a controls upgrade to bring the control of your system up to modern standards. A modern boiler is about 20% more efficient than an old model and with normal weather and standard occupancy, you should save £200-£300 per year*.
If you are switching from a more expensive fuel to gas, then your savings will be considerably more.
ROOM IN ROOF INSULATION
Room in roof can be either an existing structure in a property where the loft space is used as a bedroom or it can be a loft conversion from an attic space . Retrofit insulation in existing loft space can be done in a couple of ways ,
1, Taking out the ceiling in the loft space and insulating between rafters allowing an air gap , re plaster boarding and plastering .
2, Using an approved system which goes onto the existing ceiling withought removing it.
Either way the works involved are to an extent disruptive however this work is an energy saving measure that will pay back over time and give you added comfort.