Most of the money generated on our energy bill comes from heating our home. By now, you are sure to know that there are so many things you can do to reduce this figure, but one of the most substantial changes you can make is installing insulation. Here are just a few ways you can use insulation to help yourself, your home and your wallet this year!
How insulation works
Heat is transferred through the home in three different ways; conduction, convection and radiation. Conduction is the movement of heat through materials, convection is the movement of heat through fluid and radiation is the absorption of heat from the sun to create heat within the home. Insulation is designed to maximise the contributions made by these methods, and cut down undesirable heat loss, ultimately making your home warmer.
An EPC upgrade
Installing insulation will upgrade your home’s EPC rating. According to The Independent, upgrading a home EPC rating from D (the standard in the UK), to a C cuts gas demand by 20%. This would mean that household bills would be slashed by around £194 a year. Not only that, the value of your home will increase as your EPC rating does, so if you’re looking to sell, now is the right time to upgrade all of your energy efficiency measures. All you have to do is search for loft insulation North East, and this saving could be yours!
Improve your health
Following the death of two-year-old Awaab Ishak, people in the UK are more concerned than ever about preventing mould and keeping their family safe and healthy. Upgrading your insulation to a higher level will prevent moisture from building up within your walls and attic, as well as reducing the amount of light able to reach those same areas, the result of this being that the chances of mould growth are reduced.
Moreover, upgrading your insulation can also assist with the following:
- Reducing the amount of dust in the home
- Blocking out air pollutants, by preventing drafts, dust and pollen from entering the home
- Reducing the amount of moisture build-up in the home, which can result in allergies and asthma being irritated. It can also prevent shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing, nausea and vomiting.
Boosting the economy
It’s estimated that a programme in West Cumbria could create as many as 600 jobs for people in the local area. Given that levels of unemployment in the UK are at a record low, a huge surge in demand for energy efficiency measures would cause a boon to the economy. It would also result in the NHS saving money, as they currently spend £2.5 billion a year dealing with the health impacts of cold, damp and dangerous homes.
Hopefully you now understand how important it is to consider installing or upgrading your home’s insulation. Make sure you keep yourself and your family safe and warm this winter, by making sure you have the appropriate energy efficiency measures installed.