Saving Energy

Yuill Homes Gives you the Tips to Save Energy at Home

Insulate your home

Insulation

Insulation is one of the easiest and most cost effective methods of improving the energy efficiency of your home and saving money on your fuel bills. More than 50% of heat can be lost through your walls, floor and loft space.

Hot water storage cylinder jacket

If your water tank has no insulation or the jacket is old or thin, a new 80 mm (3 in) jacket is a must. It will keep the water hot for much longer and pay for itself in a few weeks.

Look for one approved to British Standards. Click here.

Insulate hot water pipes

Heat is lost along the whole length of hot water pipes. The most important pipes to insulate are those in the coldest places, e.g. the loft. And those closest to the hot water cylinder, as these will be the hottest so will lose heat the quickest.

If you have a boiler and a hot water tank, it is important to insulate the pipes between them. Next insulate the pipes from the cylinder to the hot water taps – the first metre or so is the most important.

Heat reflective foil behind radiators

Fit heat reflective foil behind radiators on outside walls to keep the heat inside your home, with the shiny side facing into the room. What are other people saying?

Draught proofing

Draughts are one of the main reasons why homes feel cold and cost a lot to heat. Draught strip windows, outside doors and the loft hatch and fill gaps in the ground floor floorboards and below the skirting board. How to guide.

Rubber Roofing

Rubber roofing

EPDM Rubber Roofs retains heat, therefore reducing your heating bills. Rubber roofing from Rubber Roofing Direct comes with various layers of insulation, keeping your home that little bit more warm and cosy.

We recommend purchasing all EPDM products from RRD. Not only does Rubber Roofing Direct supply all EPDM roofing products, they also offer services such as training and roof lights. More information.

Roof insulation

As much as 20% of your energy bill can be saved by effective loft insulation. If you have a loft, it should have insulation at least 150 mm (6 in) thick to keep the heat in. If your insulation is 50 mm (2 in) thick or less, you may be eligible for a grant. Don’t forget to insulate the loft hatch and pipes/tank in loft.

Cavity wall insulation

More heat is lost through the walls of an average un-insulated house than by any other route. Most homes built since the early 1030’s have cavity walls (two walls with a gap in between) which can be filled with insulating material. To install cavity wall insulation most people will need to employ a builder. Click here.

Solid wall insulation

Solid walls can be insulated but can be a problem to do. It may be worth doing a north facing wall or one that is exposed. Take a look.

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