Loft insulation/tank and pipes

As much as a quarter of your heating costs could be escaping through the roof without loft insulation.  Loft insulation is a very effective way to reduce heating bills and should be effective for around 40 years.

Simply by insulating your loft to the recommended depth of 270mm, you can save wasted energy and money. If you currently have no insulation you could save between £135- £250 a year on your fuel bills depending on your house type and reduce carbon emissions by 550kg-1000kg.

If your home has an accessible loft with no damp or condensation problems, it should be a good candidate for loft insulation.  Installers tend to use mineral wool insulation and laying this is usually straightforward for a professional.

For lofts with difficult access, a loose, fire-retardant insulation material can be blown into the loft using specialist equipment. This is a job for a professional installer and can take a few hours depending on the size of the loft.

You can even do it yourself!  Remember to wear a facemask, goggles and protective clothing if you do it yourself and leave sufficient gaps around the eaves to avoid condensation. 

Tank and Pipes insulation

Hot water tanks

Insulating hot water tanks and pipes will help keep your water hot for that nice long bath after a hard day's work.

Fitting your hot water cylinder with an insulating jacket will save you £20 a year in heating costs and 150kg of carbon dioxide emissions.  A jacket costs around £15 and can be found in any good DIY store and are cheap and easy to fit.

Not all home insulation work has to be carried out by a professional. It may work out cheaper to do the smaller jobs yourself with materials from your local DIY store.

Pipe Insulation

Pipe insulation consists of a foam tube that covers the exposed pipes between your hot water cylinder and boiler, reducing the amount of heat lost and, therefore, keeping your water hotter for longer.

It’s usually as simple as choosing the correct size from a DIY store and then slipping it around the pipes.