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An Essential Guide to Cutting Energy Usage by Improving Insulation

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Money seems to be in short supply for people these days, and the unprecedented increases in the cost of energy over the last couple of years have left many people at breaking point, financially. Energy costs hit families that are trying to live a partially self sufficient lifestyle particularly hard. A lot of self-employed people are trying to manage on less than the minimum wage when business is slow, and trying to make ends meet puts them under constant strain.

We can’t do a lot about the cost of fuel unfortunately but now is a good time to try and make the most of the energy we do use. By holding on to heat we generate, for example, we can reduce consumption and hold back the tide of rising bills. For a while at least.

New buildings are constructed to a high standard to meet tough regulations in Britain. Insulation is an integral factor right from the start. Many people have moved into old properties; however, that were sold at a low price as they need improvements. If you are one of those people, you may find some useful tips in this article that will help you keep warmer without increasing your bills.

Loft Insulation

The most important insulation in your home is that in your loft space. A thickness of at least eight inches is needed to keep the rising heat in your home. Don’t stop there though, add more layers, rolling it out at 90 degrees to the layer below. The thicker the insulation, the more heat you will preserve.

Cavity Wall Insulation

Much heat escapes through the walls of your property. You may have a cavity within the exterior walls that in modern houses is insulated while being built. If yours are not insulated, there are companies which can pump insulation into the cavities after drilling a series of holes.

Before undertaking any cavity wall insulation, check the walls for rising damp. This manifests itself as black mould or flaking paint. You may even find beads of water on the walls. You will need the knowledge of damp proofing and property preservation to solve these issues.

Floors

If you are walking around on quarry tiled floors, you are probably losing a lot of body heat through your feet and turning the thermostat up isn’t going to help. Would you consider installing some laminate flooring with a layer of thermal insulation underneath? Combine this with rugs where you stand, or sit, and that thermostat may be able to come down a degree or two.

Draughts

If you have a draughty home it will be nearly impossible to keep it warm, The only solution is to track down and eliminate them. Draught excluders can be found for almost every situation these days. Fit them around door frames and opening windows. You may need to seal any gaps around doors and windows with a silicone sealer. It is easy to apply and can seal gaps up to about 8mm. Don’t forget the letterbox when shopping for draught proofing products, there are solutions for those too.

As you can see, the solution to cutting your fuel bills is a several pronged attack. With determination, you will be able to stop your bills increasing and reduce the ‘fat cat’s’ annual bonus in one swoop. Now that has got to be worthwhile.

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