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    How to Keep a Lid on Heat Loss | Smarter Homes


    by SmarterHomes

    George Clarke explains how to keep a lid on heat loss.
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    The loft is an area of the house we rarely think about, but if left
    uninsulated, can be a make a massive contribution to your energy
    bills. A poorly insulated house loses about a 1/3 of its heat through
    the room. (Source: EST - correct as of Feb 2012)

    The average UK home could save around £280 every year by being more
    energy efficient (Source: EST - correct as of Feb 2012). Many people
    don't insulate their lofts because they believe it is difficult and
    expensive, but nothing could be further from the truth. Insulate your
    loft is the most cost-effect energy saving task you could do in the
    home. Not only will you be saving lots of money, but you will be
    helping create a warm comfortable home for the winter months.

    There are many materials you can use to insulate your loft. There is
    glass fibre, which is made from recycled glass bottles all the way
    through to all-natural sheep's wool. You can also buy insulation
    boards, which will still give you the ability to store items in the

    It is important to ensure any loft hatch or door is well insulated and
    draft-proof, to prevent any heat within the house, escaping to the
    roof space.

    Another area of the house worth considering in regards to potential
    heat loss, is the hot water tank which needs to be insulated properly.
    This can be accomplished with a hot water cylinder jacket, which can
    cost under £6. A cylinder jacket can cut heat-loss by up to 75%, and
    save you around £35 a year. (Source: EST - correct as of Feb 2012)

    Thing smart. Think warm. Save Energy. Save Money.