After seeing nearby neighbours having external wall insulation done, it prompted Mr W to follow in their footsteps. Having recently read a local newspaper article in which the Energy Agency was promoting the benefits of insulation he decided to give them a call.
Being a builder all his working life, Mr W knew the advantages of having his home fully insulated. He lives in a 1940’s 3 bedroom detached bungalow and had previously had the loft and external doors insulated but knew that still around 45% of the total heat loss of his house was being lost through the walls. He therefore welcomed the opportunity of having external wall insulation installed, particularly with the assistance of a Scottish Government grant.
External wall insulation has a number of benefits including increased comfort levels, lower fuel bills, improved appearance and helping the environment by reducing CO2 levels. Typical savings for a gas heated, semi-detached home is approximately £490 per year. * Mr W said “I’ve noticed a real difference in how much quicker the house heats up and when I turn the heating off, the house remains warmer for so much longer than it used to”.
The complete installation took approximately 3 weeks to do, partly delayed by the wet Scottish weather. Disruption was minimum, a little noisy but no disturbance to the inside of the house or need for redecoration inside. Mr W said of the installers “they were very polite and got on with the job. I would certainly recommend external wall insulation to others and encourage them to take up the offer of a grant”.
*figure quoted by Energy Saving Trust