This post is about simple ways to improve insulation in your home.
The plan is to write a load posts on this topic, talking about the specific issues in each case, but this is a short post about simple things you can do to improve the insulation in your home.
In almost all cases, insulating your home is the best place to begin to make significant savings and increase comfort levels in your house. The return on investment is better than any projects to buy more efficient equipment, and vastly superior to any renewable energy. Research has shown that heating represents 50% of household energy consumption, and as improving insulation can help your house retain much of this heat, it can act to reduce the cost significantly. While the energy savings are significant, they are not the only reason for investment in insulation. The increased comfort levels which can be achieved due to improved insulation is a great incentive to action.
Typical losses and simple measures to reduce them
|Simple way to reduce|
|Adding insulation to a roof space is the simplest of place of all to add insulation. Alternatively any air gaps should be sealed|
|Install a thin layer of insulation covered by wall paper|
|Keeping your house ventilation is key to good health, however ventilation due to poorly fitted doors and windows may cause drafts. These should be sealed|
|Install heavy, full-size curtains. These provide a partial barrier between the window and the room|
|At times that the fireplace is not in use, block the chimney (make sure you put a note in the fireplace to unblock it when you light a fire again!)|
|Install a new carpet, or put underlay under the existing carpet|