At the present time just about everyone is trying to tighten their belt and doing their best to save money and reduce their outgoings at every opportunity, and paying to have your home insulated is an outlay that many people think that they will not be able to afford. However, you would be surprised at how quickly you will make your money back in reduced energy bills, and not only that- you will be helping to reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
All energy that is used in our homes has some kind of an impact on the environment and adds to the damaging effects of global warming. With electricity, this happens mainly before it reaches your home. When fossil fuels are burned in its production CO2 is released into the atmosphere, preventing heat from escaping and causing an increase in the temperature of the planet. The burning of gas, itself a fossil fuel, has similar negative effects, and it is only by reducing our consumption of these fuels that we can reduce the effects that we are having on our weather systems, sea levels and communities the world over.
On top of this, loft insulation can save you up to £150 per year in bills, and once it is there- it will last for a life time. If you also invest in cavity wall insulation, this yearly saving could rise to as much as £265. You can also make sure that the seals on your windows and doors are still in tact and effective, and carpet your home to keep in the heat- especially the downstairs. Something else to consider is your conservatory- it may look pretty in the summer, but the traditional glass roof makes it very inefficient to heat. This doesn’t mean that you have to forget about having a conservatory, but you considering replacing your conservatory roof with a more traditional tiled roof. You’ll still get to open the doors and enjoy the warmth in the summer, but you’ll also find it much easier to cosy-up in it come winter time. Just a thought.
It isn’t too late to reduce the damaging effects that we are seeing on the environment, and the change has to start with us. Turn things off when you’re not using them and consider if there are any other ways you can personally reduce your energy consumption. It seems that there is no down side to insulation- a warmer home is surely a happier one, and when you know that you’re reducing your impact on the environment, you can’t help but feel better about yourself. So, why wait?