Most people know that insulating your home properly can save a lot of money on energy bills, especially in the winter, but the most common ways of doing this such as cavity wall insulation and double glazing windows can be very expensive and time-consuming products to install. To that end, the following are some cheap, easy ways to insulate your home from this winter’s cold weather.
• Most of the heat lost in the home does so through the roof, whether due to leaks, poor insulation, or simply the roof being old and outdated. Having a new roof put on, although a little pricey, can ultimately cut your energy consumption and be worth the investment in the long run. Be sure to use a reliable company like Germantown roofing, whether for a full roof makeover, or solely for a consultation. Home conservatories are no exception. Blinds are good for trapping heat and stopping it getting out, and choosing the right fabric means that natural light will still be able to get in. When it comes to the rest of the home, heavy curtains or Roman blinds would be more appropriate, and if they are opened in the day and closed at night, light and heat will be able to get in during the day and the heat accumulated will be kept in during night hours. If you don’t have heavy blinds or curtains in your home already, blackout fabric can be bought cheaply and sewn to your existing window coverings.
• Bare pipes and boilers around the home can waste a lot of heat energy. To prevent this from happening, install foam covers around hot water pipes to save heat when they’re in use, and invest in a boiler jacket if you own a conventional boiler with a hot water cylinder, alleviating the need for the system to work as hard. Another tip is to fill in the gaps between pipes by wadding steel wool, fibreglass or foam insulation in them.
• If the windows in your home are single glazed, weather stripping around the windows and doors can help with insulation. The material comes in rolls and is fairly cheap, making it easy and cheap to fill in the cracks around the home that cause draughts. Draught excluders at the bottom of any doors in the house will also do this, and the difference that it makes is well worth the effort and expense.
• One last tip for those of you with attic space in the home; with fold-down stair access to the attic, heat can get through the gaps from the rest of the house, before escaping through the roof. By placing a blanket on the access and making sure that it’s touching the edges, it creates a seal, preventing the heat loss. With an ordinary hatch and no stairs, the problem can still occur, so in this case spray fibreglass or foam around it to insulate.
These relatively cheap and easy methods of insulation can, in combination, make a big difference to the amount of energy lost during the winter months especially, and will ultimately ease the burden on your wallet!