Energy efficiency seems to be forever in the news these days, and if it isn’t something you have really considered in your home, you really should.
For example, when it comes to a percentage of heat lost, did you know something like 35% of a home’s heat is lost through the walls? Another 25% is lost through the roof and then between them the Floor accounts for 15%, Doors and Draughts 15% and finally windows account for about 10% of the heat lost in a home.
There are many home insulation measures that are relatively cost effective under most of those areas of the home, which also won’t need for you to call in the help of others. So here I’ve taken a look at some of the more easily manageable DIY tasks.
Easy Peasy Draught Insulation Measures
Perhaps the easiest of DIY measures to take when looking at home insulation is cutting down on the pesky draughts sneaking through.
You may even end up with change from a twenty pound note, not bad hey?
First of all, look at getting brush strips for doors or windows. The best thing with these is they will usually come with the needed fixing screws. So, all you really need to know what to do, is how to use a screwdriver or drill to put them in place.
Another quick an easy draught excluding option is to fit a letterbox excluder – it simply needs to be screwed onto the back of your letterbox and hey presto another quick fire home insulation solution.
Sealing any windows you don’t need is also a cheap option, but one that you need to think about more first – you only need a sealant, but it is important to decide whether you really don’t intend on using the window!
If you a modicum of DIY ability, loft insulation is another energy saving measure worth considering if you know your stuff. Typically this form of insulation will involve rolling out insulation blankets across the loft. It can save up to £150 by all accounts, as long as you opt for the recommended 270mm thickness. Of course, if your loft already has insulation fitted, it is still worth checking it is of the recommended amount
Most floor insulation will probably need an expert in as incorrect fitting of underfloor insulation can potentially end up leading to blocked air bricks and rotten floorboards in the long run as a result.
However, little things like using a tube sealant on any gaps and around the skirting board are easy enough if you know what you’re doing.
Fitting underlay below your carpet is another option for those with the knowhow.
More pleasing on the eye, you could simply look at putting down on a rug although that will probably not be particularly cheap compared to other measures, and with no guaranteed results…it’ll look nice though.
Bring In Backup
If you still feel unsure of taking such measures yourself, read up more on the new Green Deal currently in operation. Many energy firms are participating in the scheme, and you can improve the insulation of your home through a number of ways, including more tricky options such as wall insulation. It is not free, with homeowners instead paying off the work via their energy bill, but the amount paid back is based on money saved, which is always a bonus.
About the Author
Louisa Jenkins is a freelance blogger who specialises in home improvement. She offers advice on everything from home insulation to fitting the right shower unit in the bathroom.