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Beating fuel poverty with home insulation

1323373_66596625The price of energy in the UK has risen dramatically over the last few years, with fuel poverty becoming a problem for many households. As bills continue to rise, homeowners can take action to keep their properties warm and stop heat escaping. This should help to reduce energy bills and carbon footprints.

Heat is lost through the roof, walls, floor and windows, and if these areas are poorly insulated, cold air will also get into the property – you’re then likely to turn up the thermostat to keep warm. Although insulation has an initial outlay, the savings and thermal comfort in the long term will more than justify the costs.

According to research, a third of heat is lost through the walls of a building. Cavity wall insulation makes a huge difference, and will also reduce carbon emissions. For those who are in receipt of certain benefits, there are grants and schemes available to help with costs.

The research also indicated that eight per cent of heat is lost through the floor, which is why underfloor heating is becoming increasingly popular. Insulation is installed at the same time as the system, further preventing heat from escaping. As the heat rises, the rooms in the home will be a comfortable temperature without any cold spots. Electric and water underfloor heating systems both run at lower temperatures than traditional radiator systems.

Roof insulation is also crucial as a quarter of heat in the home is lost through the roof. Although you have to pay the initial costs of installation, these will be recouped in just a couple of years.