Insulating your home will help you save hundreds on your energy bills, as well as making a massive reduction to your carbon foot print – everyone's a winner.
Do you ever notice how it gets a little chillier near doors? This is because the warm air is escaping and cold air is creeping in.
Fit draught excluders around all exterior doors (and interior doors if need be).
Sealant strips can be bought cheaply from DIY stores and are dead easy to fit, just like applying sticky tape.
Don't forget to get a brush trim for letter boxes and bigger gaps at the bottom of doors.
Cracks and crevices around window frames are also a popular escape point for warm air. To check for weak points, run the palm of your hand around the edge of the frame.
If you feel a breeze, you've got a hole. Patch these up with a putty or sealer. To make it easy on yourself get the type that comes in a tube. Squirt it on, smooth it over and the job's done.
It's worth investing in double glazing if you don't already have it. This could save you between £80 and £100 pounds on your annual heating bill.
Closing curtains or blinds after dark also traps in the warm air and prevents draughts. And it looks cosier too!
Most homes have gaps between the skirting board and the floor, and if you have floorboards it's likely that that there are a few gaps between them too. This is another job for our trusty silicone sealer. If you have a wood floor and want to go the whole hog, you could get the experts in to fit floor insulation beneath the boards. Putting a rug down isn't a bad idea either.
Laying loft insulation in the average home can cut a whopping one ton of carbon dioxide emissions per year, as well as make a major dent in your heating bills.
Pipes and hot water
Wrapping your hot water tank in a cosy 80 millimeter jacket will cut heat loss by 75 percent, and you'll recoup the cost of it in less than six months.
Insulate your pipes. Not only will this help to save energy, it will also provide some protection against freezing in winter.
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