Insulate To Delay Heating Switch On

17 September 2013

As temperatures in the UK plummet, householders are being reminded that insulation can help delay that inevitable switching on of the heating.

Early September saw a sudden rush of cold weather, forcing many to consider turning the heating on. While some were quick to reach for the thermostat, others donned another sweater or took other measures to avoid the high cost of heating a home, at least for the time being.

Of course, for some, switching the heating on now with the prospect of six months of cold weather to come is simply out of the question. The increasing cost of fuel in the UK – which has risen some 28% over the last three years according to Ofgem – is simply too much for low income households.

The Government then is again pushing its energy efficiency schemes, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal, to help reduce the financial stress of living in the unreliable climes of the United Kingdom.

As reported in February, insulation is an effective way of cutting the cost of fuel bills. By insulating a property, householders can reduce energy loss and subsequently ease the burden on their wallet.

According to Government research, insulating a hot water cylinder can save an average of £70 per year. Installing Cavity Wall Insulation can save £135 per year. Loft Insulation can reduce bills by £175 per annum. Solid Wall Insulation, for those properties unable to benefit from Cavity Wall Insulation, can save up to £475 every year.

It has been estimated that some 8 million properties in the UK could benefit from Solid Wall insulation and another 6 million from Cavity Wall Insulation. Furthermore, 5.5 million would benefit from Loft Insulation.

Despite a slow initial uptake, the Government continues to believe the Green Deal is a suitable solution for those looking to insulate to save money.

Recently re-launched, the Green Deal allows householders to take out a loan to pay for measures such as Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation. The sum is repaid over a period of up to 25 years against a property’s electricity bill. If a person decides to move, the repayable sum – which must not exceed the savings made – remains with the property.

In addition, those in financial hardship and those in what are considered ‘hard to treat’ properties could benefit from the Energy Company Obligation, which provides a non-repayable grant to make home improvements such as the installation of insulation.

The scheme has already helped 100,000 households since January, principally by installing new energy efficient boilers and Cavity Wall Insulation. The Government hopes a total of 230,000 households will have benefited from the ECO by the end of the year.

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