Act now: insulation will never be so cheap again
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 19 January 2012 at 9:03 am
Loft and cavity wall insulation have been heavily subsidised for years now, but this year, the carbon emission reduction scheme (CERT) comes to an end, to be replaced by a loan scheme (the green deal). Insulation is the number one thing that will make your house warmer and more comfortable - and reduce your heating bills - and it will probably never be so cheap again.
25% of heat loss from a house is through the roof; 35% through the walls. In essence, you are paying to heat the outside air. What a waste! Surely stopping this expensive waste is a no brainer.
So act now. Go up to the loft, and measure your insulation. If it's less than 270mm (10") thick, you're not getting as much benefit as you could. If there isn't any, you're leaking money.
If you don't know if you have suitable cavity walls - or whether they have been filled - get an installer out to have a look. They can drill a small hole in the wall and tell if they are suitable, and if they are already filled.
The energy companies have tough targets to meet this year, and this means that there are some great offers around. The supermarkets and DIY stores are also competing hard for your business. To get the latest information on what's available in your area ring your local energy advice centre on 0800 512 012.
People over 70, or those on certain benefits, can get free insulation as, in some circumstances, can those with small children. Otherwise you are likely to pay between £100 and £350 for loft insulation, which will save you up to £175 a year off your heating bill, according to figures from the Energy Saving Trust. Cavity wall insulation costs about the same, and saves up to £135 a year.
The hassle involved in emptying the loft puts off a lot of people, but why not think about it as a great opportunity for a clear out. Just think of all the money you could make taking the things you haven't looked at for years to the car boot sale, or putting them on ebay. It might even cover the cost of the insulation!
So if you do just one home improvement this year, make it insulation. You'll never get such a good deal again.
Photo by Joseph Robertson
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