As with most people, your heating bill likely makes up one of your larger home expenses, costing the average household £104.50 per month or £1254 per year. In older houses that are not designed to be energy efficient, this figure can rise significantly and the vast majority of the heat produced by your heating systems can be lost through insufficiently insulated walls, floors and lofts.
So, what can you do to improve the energy efficiency of your home to reduce your heating bill and to ensure that the energy your boiler produces is put to good use? Here are our suggestions.
Install cavity wall insulation
Did you know that without adequate insulation you face losing around 35% of the heat in your home through your walls? That means that out of a monthly heating bill of £104.50, you may as well be throwing £36.57 straight into the bin. When people think of heat loss in their homes, they tend to focus on heat loss through their windows and roof, failing to take note of the single biggest cause of heat loss – their walls. The good news is that a simple cavity wall insulation installation can stop you from losing valuable heat through your walls, saving you money on your energy bills and keeping your house warmer for longer.
Here at Arktek we now offer the new ThermaBead cavity wall insulation system which is 20% more efficient than conventional rock and glass wool insulation. ThermaBead cavity wall insulation is also less intrusive, requiring 30% fewer holes to be drilled during the installation and reduces the chance of dampness or cold spots that are often associated with other insulation methods.
Install better roof insulation
Aside from your walls, the next biggest culprit when it comes to heat loss is your roof, letting around 25% of your heating escape into the atmosphere. Hot air rises, which means that ultimately the hot air in your home will work its way up to the upper stories of your property and will inevitably try to escape through your loft and roof. Whether you have a room in your loft or not, it’s vital that you properly insulate your loft and roof to stop this hot air from escaping. Loft insulation also has the added benefit of making your loft space more habitable, giving you the opportunity to make better use of this space within your home.
Install underfloor insulation
After your walls and roof, it’s your floors that are the next biggest cause of heat loss and are responsible for allowing around 15% of your energy to disappear. Insulating the ground floor of your home is a great way to stop heat from being lost into the cold ground and insulating the other floors in your home can help to stop drafts.
Depending on the age and size of your property when correctly installed, underfloor insulation can save you up to £100 a year on your heating bill and with installation costs relatively low you will be able to recuperate the costs in just a few years. Because hot air rises, by insulating each floor in your home you help to trap the hot air in the room that it was generated in, which helps to reduce heat loss through the roof.
Consider upgrading your boiler
Having invested in improving the insulation of your home, the next thing you may want to consider is upgrading your boiler. If your current gas boiler is 10 years old or older then it could be costing you more money than necessary on your energy bills. Modern gas boilers are far more efficient than their older companions, saving the household hundreds of pounds a year. If you think that it may be time to consider a new boiler, then get in touch with us here at Arktek today. We offer a range of premium A-rated gas boilers that are all backed by extensive guarantees.
What to do next?
With your heating bill making up around 50% of your household expenses, there is significant room to make some serious savings if the correct energy-saving measures are implemented. Contact us today for a free property survey and to see if you are eligible for FREE insulation.
That’s right, we are able to offer grants to cover the cost of a loft, cavity wall and underfloor insulation for homeowners or customers living in private rented accommodation – so what have you got to lose? Give Arktek a call today on 0191 516 6911 or visit our website for more information on our range of energy-saving solutions for your property.