How to Reduce your Energy Bills

With some traditional and innovative ideas to wrap up you and your house this winter

Do you know how much heat you are losing from your house? If not, it might be an idea to conduct an energy audit or get a thermal image of your house to find out how much and where from you could be losing heat and therefore money!

House Insulation

is the first line of defense when it comes to reducing bills and keeping you warm and toasty.

Start at the top ,we all know that heat rises and that up to 25 % of your household heat can be lost through the roof. However, the recommended depth of insulation in the UK is 270mm, but some 500mm is the standard depth in Scandinavia where the winters can get a bit chilly. So have a look at your roof insulation, check the depth and the condition as after a few years it can deteriorate and you may benefit from an additional layer of insulation.There are now a number of alternative natural types of insulation: a cellulose fibre made from recycled newspapers produced in South Africa ( www.ecoinsulation.co.za) and one made from 100% virgin New Zealand Sheep to be found at www.ecoinsulation.co.nz . Always ensure that any insulating material does NOT contain formaldehyde as this give off poisonous gases.

Windows are a major source of heat lost, and although most modern houses automatically have double glazing, older house less so. Fitting secondary glazing retrospectively has in the past been unsatisfactory and often very expensive. There is a new magnetic made to measure product that ranges in price from £55 to £200 depending upon the size of window – checkout www.nigelsecostore.com

Traditionally we have been told to hang heavy curtains , especially over doors. We use IKEA quilted bedspreads, that I have sewn tabs on the back to hang them. It’s a bit like living inside a duvet!  Have you thought about the cold air escaping through your letter box? There is now a Letterbox Ecoflap that can be fitted to stop any warm air escaping.
Houses also lose up to 33% of heat through walls. The type of insulation you can install is very much dependent upon the construction of the house, but now days most houses can have some form of wall insulation installed, the economic benefits will depend upon the type and ease with which it can be installed.

Whilst a log fire is lovely and warms a room, the reality is that the fire is often unlit for longer than it is lit, letting warm air from the room escape up the chimney. There are now a number of devices that can be easily installed to stop this.  A chimney snug can be placed in a chimney and adjusted to allow some ventilation but stopping all major draughts. A simple inflated chimney balloon or pillow can be placed in the chimney to stop draughts – although you do have to remember to remove it before lighting a fire !
Did you know, that 15% of heat can be lost through wooden floor boards, that’s the equivalent of leaving a window open 75mm in a 3.5 x 3.5m room. It is possible to seal floor boards with a variety of products to contain heat in the room .

Follow this advice and you will be as snug as a bug in a rug , all winter!

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