Keeping Energy Costs Low this Winter in Wimborne

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By NewsPipe | Thursday, October 04, 2012, 11:48

Energy costs are rising and with winter on the way, heating bills are set to skyrocket. But with a little spending now, you can make big savings on winter fuel bills.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, half of heat loss in a typical home is lost through the walls and the loft, so it's worth checking to see if your insulation is up to scratch.

Cavity wall, loft insulation and draught proofing can make an enormous difference to your heating bills. You should have 270mm of insulation in your loft as a minimum - adding this to an uninsulated loft could save around £145 according to the Trust's estimation.

Loft insulation can be confusing with all the different types on offer so here is a quick explanation of what they are made from and the most popular types.

  • Sheep's wool insulation provides a high performance and sustainable solution to both consumption of energy and the effects of climate change. Wool actually generates heat when it absorbs moisture.
  • Penhallick foams have a high strength / density relationship as they are lightweight, strong ,and very thin but are less environmentally friendly.
  • Glass mineral wool is made from sand and recycled glass, limestone and soda ash.
  • Rock mineral wool is made mainly from volcanic rock, typically basalt and/or dolomite.
  • PIR such as Celotex which is a hard foam based insulation, which can be easily sawn to fit between beams and joists.
  • Multi-Foil is the thinnest and is soft, flexible and very efficient but again not very environmentally friendly.

For those who would prefer to get a professional to install their roof

insulation products contact The Dorset Energy Advice Centre.

Dorset Energy Advice Centre (DEAC) also offer information on grants which are available for insulation, heating and renewable energy to Dorset Homeowners and private tenants.

Reducing the draughts and heat loss around the home is the main way

to reduce your energy bills and stay cosy this winter.  Let us know if you have any tried and tested tips you would like to share here on Wimborne People.

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