There are many ways to insulate your home and reduce your energy consumption – and your heating bills. Although they may involve an initial financial outlay, you will start to recoup the costs in less than six months. You could also be eligible for grants or discounted offers to offset the cost of insulating your home.
Switch and save
Could you save money on your energy bills by switching to a new energy tariff?
Check your current energy tariff to see if you might incur exit fees for switching before the end of a fixed term. You will need a copy of a recent energy bill which contains information about how much energy you use, this will help the switching process. If you receive any payment such as Warm Homes Discount, check that you could still access this with a new supplier. For advice on switching to a new energy tariff, contact your local energy charity Act on Energy FREEPHONE 0800 988 2881.
Fit draught excluders
Get draught excluders for your doors and windows and don't forget to cover locks and the letter box. This could save you £20 per year.
Update your boiler
Got an older boiler? There are many grants available to update it, especially if you have an oil-powered boiler.
Insulate your roof
On average, 25% of heat is lost through the roof. Insulating your roof is usually less than a day's work. You'll feel the benefits immediately, and recoup your costs in approximately 12 months, making it one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to save energy and money.
Insulate your cavity walls
On average, 33% of heat is lost through the outside walls of your house. The initial outlay of cavity wall insulation will repay itself in 2-3 years, saving you lots of money and energy in the long-term.
Install double glazing
On average, 10-12% of heat is lost through windows.
Shine on with energy efficient light bulbs
These are the quickest and easiest way to start reducing your electricity bills. LED light bulbs are the most efficient type of lighting currently available. Compared with traditional energy efficient light build, LEDs give instant light.
If you have a traditional property i.e. your property has solid walls or likely to have been built pre-1919, these home energy improvements may be difficult. For more options and advice about energy efficiency in traditional properties visit the Historic England website (opens in new window).
Ring Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881 for impartial advice on whether you are eligible for free or discounted insulation.