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Our energy saving measures explained

Internal Wall Insulation

Rigid insulation boards are fitted to the inside of a property’s walls alongside plasterboard. This ranges in thickness between 60-100mm usually and your installer will advise on the most effective figures. The recommended thickness will completely depend on the materials used for the individual home. The rigid insulation boards are fitted direct to the wall via a ribbon design of plaster. The boards are therefore held firm with the joints between each of them sealed to strengthen and prevent air leaks.

Stud walls are the other option for internal wall insulation and revolve around frames of metal or wood being implemented to the wall. Once they have been fitted correctly and this is an important factor, they will then be filled with mineral wool fibre. Once this has successfully been achieved it is then time to plaster before any decorating can take place. Mineral wool insulation often requires a greater level of thickness than rigid insulation boards with the thickness usually hovering around 120mm. If you wish to reduce expense costs further then you also have the option of covering the frames in place with rigid insulation boards rather than the plaster. The costs of this will be higher but the overall running cost savings will prove beneficial in the long term.

Loft Insulation

Loft insulation is considered by many to be one of the most effective methods insulating a home. The installation process requires mineral fibers along with cellular glass and foamed plastic. Not only is loft insulation a quick way of insulating a home, it is also significantly cheap in comparison to certain alternatives and definitely worth considering.

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losing heatInstalling loft insulation to your property provides an impressive return on investment. The savings are both efficient and consistent, presenting a great level of reliability that homeowner’s desire, especially in the modern day.

It may seem quick and easy but before we get carried away with the positive factors of loft insulation, it is important to highlight a crucial element of its function. Many people may read this feature and already have loft insulation in place, however it is very important to ensure that the insulation is of the correct thickness levels. If the thickness is off or not functioning to its optimum level then functionality and effectiveness will be lacking, therefore reducing the benefits for the home owner.

It is understood that the ideal thickness for introducing loft insulation to the average home is 27cm but this is worth checking when considering implementing it into a property to ensure you get the most for your money.

Room In Roof Insulation

Did you know that you might qualify for FREE insulation for your room in the roof or attic? Grants are available to pay towards the cost of insulating these spaces, there is also a good chance you will pay absolutely nothing!

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Many older properties that were built with loft rooms or room in the roof were not insulated and therefore difficult, if not impossible, to heat. If they were insulated, this is often inadequate by modern standards. You do not have to receive benefits to qualify, this is part of the Energy Companies Obligation Scheme (ECO), which is a funding scheme set up by the government to reduce carbon emissions within our homes.

We are PAS2030 approved assuring you of quality of work, which is completed in compliance under the ECO scheme guidelines.

Smart Thermostats

How do smart thermostats work? The idea behind smart thermostats is that they can make heating our homes a more efficient process. Heating represents the biggest portion of most domestic energy bills – especially during the winter months. As smart thermostats are connected to the internet over your wi-fi, you can use your smart phone to control your heating even when you’re not at home or if you can’t be bothered to get up from the sofa to turn the thermostat down. As well as being able to use your phone or computer to turn your heating on and off, you can program a smart thermostat – just as you would a traditional thermostat. Except instead of having to go to your actual thermostat and work out what the buttons do, you can use your phone or computer to program it.

Some smart thermostats can control themselves by learning your routine or tracking you via GPS, switching on your heating when you’re near home.  Depending on which smart thermostat you buy, they come with a whole host of different features. Some are able to provide you with a detailed breakdown of how much energy you use and store information to allow you to track your heating history. Some smart thermostats can even control your hot water, provided you don’t have a combi boiler. The hope is that giving you greater control will save you money, as you won’t end up heating an empty home or heating water unnecessarily.

High Heat Retention Storage Heaters

Off-peak heaters, such as Quantum and Elnur storage heaters, are electric heaters designed specifically to operate using cheaper, off-peak electricity and, as the name implies, store heat until it is required.

High heat retention storage heaters such as Quantum or Elnur have smart controls that take exactly the correct amount of charge. They have a highly insulated core so therefore have a fan to extract the heat when it is required and a direct acting element to provide extra heat during the day time if required.

The cost saving using High Heat Retention Storage Heaters instead of standard electric heaters is approximately 47%.