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Adding Value to Your Home Through Environmental Solutions

» Home Improvement


Published: 01/23/2015 by David Baker


Roofs and Lofts

Heat naturally rises so insulating your roof or loft may be your first port of call. If you currently have no insulation at all, you could be losing around a quarter of all the heat you generate. The good news is that not only is roof and loft insulation an easy form of home improvement, figures from the UK Energy Saving Trust show that you could make your money back in as little as two years. While a typical semi-detached house in the UK should expect an upfront, one-time cost of around £300, there should also expect to save around £150 per year in reduced energy bills. Similarly, a detached bungalow could save £200 a year after the initial cost of £265. If you already have some kind of roof or loft insulation, installing a thicker layer - the UK industry recommended level is 270mm - could save you even more money in the long term.

Cavity Walls

Heat will always flow from a warm area to a cold one. This means that in winter the heat from your home will escape outside must quicker than usual. If your home uses cavity walls, you could make big savings on your heating bills by simply improving your insulation. Cavity walls refer to where two skins - commonly masonry such as brick or concrete block - are separated by a hollow space. Cavity wall insulation fills that gap, making sure heat stays in the home. Masonry is an absorbent material, meaning it will slowly drain rain water or humidity into the wall so this could also reduce condensation inside the house.

Double-Glazed Windows

Double-glazing works by providing an extra layer of protection against the heat trying to escape your home. Recent studies show that by installing more energy efficient windows, you can reduce your household bills by up to £461 a year. That means that over a twenty-year period, A-rated double glazing could save you £8,211 and 22 tonnes of CO2 in a typical detached house, or £5,855 and 16 tonnes of CO2 in a typical semi-detached house. Not only will installing new windows reduce your energy bills and carbon footprint, it will also reduce the build-up of condensation on the insides of your windows as well as better insulate your home against outside noise.