If your home doesn’t have sufficient loft, internal wall, underfloor or cavity wall insulation, energy will literally be leaking out of your home. Insulate your home and save money and the planet.
Wasted energy adds up to increased emissions as well as a reduced bank balance! For environmental reasons we should all be reducing energy use where possible, but for financial reasons, it is even more important at the moment with the huge increases in energy prices we are currently seeing.
For cavity walls, internal walls or underfloor insulation, you may want to speak to the experts to understand what is suitable for your home. There are also a number of grants available that you may be eligible for.
Marches Energy Agency
If you don’t know where to start, get in touch with Marches Energy Agency – an independent charity supporting communities in the Midlands. Delivering practical solutions to reduce poverty and cold homes, promote energy reduction and encourage uptake of renewable energy.
Easy DIY insulation
Insulating your roof space can be one of the most cost effective ways of reducing your heating bills. It is also something that you may be able to do yourself.
The Government state you could reduce your energy bill by 20% by effectively insulating your loft. Take a look and see what you already have in there. If you have a thin layer, you can just top up the depth. If it is non-existent or patchy, then replacement with a thick layer will serve you better. The depth of loft insulation should be anywhere between 220-300mm depending on the material used.
There are a range of materials available including the commonly used glass fibre insulation, foam or polystyrene. A more traditional material that is becoming increasingly popular is wool insulation. Made completely from natural fibres, it provides fantastic insulation properties, is safer to lay, and eventually if it is ever removed to be replaced, it will biodegrade. Or you could opt for recycled polyester, made from recycled clothing.
If you have a well insulated home you will save energy, helping both the environment and your bank balance! It will also place you in an ideal situation if you want to look at installing any green energy or heating equipment such as solar panels or heat pumps.
If you are looking at swapping your boiler to something greener, or doing a complete retrofit on a property, take a look at the local specialists below who may be able to help.
Do you know of a local energy company that specialises in green projects, please let us know!
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Providing energy assessments, advice and training in the Shropshire Area. Based in Shrewsbury.
Specialising in energy advice service for improvements to properties such as heat pumps.
EnergyZone is a family run company based in Shropshire, providing installations throughout the West Midlands, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and beyond. Including battery backups systems, solar boosted heat-pumps, Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems.
IDEA Ingham Energy (IDEA Ltd) is an energy assessment and consultancy company based in Shropshire that principally serves the West Midlands and Welsh border counties. The company was set up specifically to carry out assessments as part of the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD) which states that all domestic and commercial buildings will require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when they are constructed, sold or rented.
Claus Best based in Shrewsbury is a Retrofit Coordinator and Energy Assessor. Offering independent assessments of your home, advice on retrofit projects and increasing your homes energy efficiency. He is also a member of MEP Midlands Energy Professionals, which supports energy assessors in the Midlands with ongoing training and information in their field.