With energy efficiency targets being set up by the Government, large quantities of insulation are needed to reduce both heating bills and carbon footprints.
There are many areas in which heat is lost; however which areas are likely to impact your heating bills?
- Roofs lose approximately 26% of heat
- Walls lose the most heat at 33%
- Windows lose 18% – but this can be reduced if triple or double glazing is used
- Floors lose 8% of heat
- Door only lose 3% of heat
- And finally draughts lose 12%
Do you know what the required thickness of insulation is? 270mm is the building standard, however more can be added depending upon the amount of space you have and what u-values you need to meet.
Amazingly not all homes have 270mm and for that reason are losing a great deal of money, heating the home. There are many reasons why homeowners do not top up their insulation to reach the requirement. Mainly it is because the amount of money they need to spend – yet they should really be looking at it as an investment.
So what is the payback period for each type of insulation?
- Roof Insulation – Around two years.
However by topping your roof insulation up you will get savings of around £205 per year alone. Which means you will be saving a staggering 1 tonne of CO2 by simply meeting requirements.
- Cavity wall Insulation – Around two years
You could see cost savings of around £160 by topping up cavity wall insulation, which will save 800kg or CO2.
- Loft Insulation – Around 2 years
Loft insulation will provide you with £180 cost savings each year and save roughly 730kg of CO2.
- Floor Insulation – Around 9 years
However if you were to install the floor insulation yourself this could dramatically drop. You could cave roughly £60 per year by installing floor insulation.
So what if you’re a bit tight on money?
The UK Government have recently introduced the Green Deal.
The idea behind the Green Deal is simple, the UK government has made commitments to cutting CO2 emissions by 2020. One of the ways to do this is to get more properties properly insulated they, in turn, will not require as much energy to heat.
Insulation and energy control are going to be the corner stones of how the government is going to reach their targets. The Government has decided to switch tactic in recent months and focus on Insulation properties before funding is released for power generation or ‘energy out’ measures.
How much will the green deal save me?
Properties will be rigorously evaluated by accredited Green Deal accessors before any Green Deal funding can be allocated. This ensures that only properties which will benefit financially from Green Deal will be allowed to participate. This protects the property owner and ensures that the cost of repayments will be no more than the original energy bill.
It is estimated that the Government are allocating between £6,500 – £10,000 per property.
How do I apply for the Green Deal?
The government aims to make the Green Deal available nationwide and easily accessible to all users. The Green Deal is open to both homeowner/tenants and business owners.
There won’t be one place to apply for the Green Deal, it will be more of a choice of where you apply. You can either apply through a Green Deal Provider or through a Green Deal Assessor.