Insulating your loft is the most cost effective way of improving the energy efficiency rating of your home. Insulation will make your home warmer, quieter and more comfortable but it will also make it a more attractive investment for a prospective buyer. Loft insulation acts as a blanket for your home, catching the heat that rises from below.
It really is straight-forward to insulate your loft, and the benefits over time should provide you with money and energy savings, good for you and the environment. Without insulation, it is thought that as much as 25% of heating costs could be lost through your roof.
The diagram on the right shows the average heat loss for a home
There are many benefits including:
By fitting the recommended depth of 270mm, you could see an annual heating saving of up to £205. According to the Energy Saving Trust (Feb 2009), over £700m could be saved per year if all households in the UK had 270mm of loft insulation. That's enough money to pay the annual fuel bills of 550,000 homes.
The following provides estimated costs and savings for a typical household.
|Loft insulation (270mm)|
|Annual saving||Around £205|
|Payback||From 2 years|
|Annual CO2 reduction||Around 1 tonne|
(source: The Energy Savings Trust)
You can help reduce the carbon dioxide (CO²) emissions that are released into the atmosphere, by having a well insulated house.
It is widely thought that CO² emissions and other greenhouse gasses are contributing to climate change, which in turn is affecting the planet's weather conditions.
Less energy is required to heat a well insulated house in the winter months, as the heat is trapped rather than being lost through the roof.