Energy bills can often make up a huge part of your monthly household outgoings, but there are some things you could do to help reduce the costs.
Cavity Wall & Loft Insulation
If your home is suitable, cavity wall and loft insulation could help you save up to £310** per year, and many companies even offer to install it for you for free as part of their obligations to energy efficiency^.
Cavity wall insulation works by filling the gap between the two layers of a buildings external wall, helping to keep warmth in and save energy. Most homes built after 1920 were built with cavity walls. Loft insulation works in a similar way as it helps to keep warmth in, but it can be even more effective as heat rises – up to a quarter of your heat could be lost through an un-insulated loft.
Before you begin this process, there are a few things to check. Not all homes are suitable for cavity wall or loft insulation. Some things that may make your home unsuitable are if:
- You live in a housing association property or are a council tenant
- You live in a flat
- Your home is built from natural stone or concrete or has a timber or metal frame
- You already have insulation (properties under 10 years old tend to already be insulated)
- Most suppliers will carry out a survey to find out if your home is suitable.
Great Offers For The Home
Below are some great offers~ you could take advantage of if your home is suitable:
EDF Energy – Free cavity wall and loft insulation this winter – you don’t even need to be a customer.
Tesco – Free cavity wall and loft insulation for all, plus 2,500 free Clubcard points for eligible customers for a limited time only.
E-on – Free home insulation plus £100 cheque for the recipients of certain benefits.
British Gas – Free cavity wall or loft insulation for existing customers.
If you’re over 70, you could also benefit from free insulation offers from E-on, Scottish Power or Scottish and Southern Energy.
(The offers~ above were taken from Martin Lewis’ MoneySavingExpert.com.)
** Information provided by the Energy Saving Trust. All savings figures are based on a typical three-bedroom house heated by gas with an average gas price of 4.49p/kWh and an average boiler efficiency of 78%. Actual savings for a particular household will vary depending on the size and construction of the house, and the way the occupants use the heating system and appliances
^ Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) outlined by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
~Offer details checked and verified on the individual suppliers websites on 12/01/2012.