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Energy Bill Crisis: How Much Could Insulating Save?

by | Aug 5, 2022 | Environment, News | 0 comments

The cost of living crisis is biting families all across the UK.

Energy bills have already soared compared to the previous year, and further price rises are expected soon. This will hit even harder when Winter rolls in and people rely on the central heating or electric heaters to keep their homes warm.

The average monthly bill in the Winter of 2021 was £106, but it is already much higher than that, and it is expected that even people on middle incomes could soon struggle to keep up with the monthly costs.

The Government has tried some short-term solutions, such as handing out payments to help, but with price rises expected to continue for the next few years, there needs to be a more permanent solution.

That’s where insulation comes in.

Journalists and researchers with the guardian have taken a deep dive through the average British house and found some amazing statistics regarding where heat leaks from, and how much money the average family could save by insulating their home.

Key Takeaways:

  • Britains houses are some of the worst insulated in Europe, so require more energy to heat
  • At today’s prices the average cost to heat a “medium” home is £1,000 per year, and this is set to rise significantly
  • Carbon emissions from burning gas equals around 2,186kg a year in the average house
  • Of 28.5 million homes in England, 61% have less than 200mm of loft insulation.
  • Adding loft insulation to a house with none can save hundreds of pounds a year. But even topping up from 120mm to 270mm will save £25 and reduce your carbon footprint by 55kg.
  • A third of heat is lost through the walls, yet half of houses in England don’t have insulated walls.
  • Insulating a cavity wall can save £285 a year in bills in a medium house, whilst also reducing carbon emissions by 670kg per year
  • Loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and A++ rated double glazing together can cut an energy bill by over £450 per year whilst halving carbon output
  • Only 0.2% of homes in England meet the required standards for an “A” rated energy performance certificate
  • View the full study article here

The study ends by calling for “an Olympic-style employment and skills task force” to tackle the energy efficiency crisis.

As long-time advocates for home insulation, we are pleased to see it receive such attention, and it really is hard to disagree with the thought that so much of the current energy bill and climate crises’ could be fixed by greater insulation and energy efficiency.

For more information regarding energy efficiency and how you can cut your energy bills, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today who will be more than happy to help.

Did you know: If you live in Amber Valley Borough, Bassetlaw District, Derbyshire Dales District, Mansfield District or South Derbyshire District Councils and earn less than £30,000 per year, you may be eligible for FREE insulation – click here to find out more.

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