Making Your Loft an Energy-Efficient Location
Whether your loft is living space or just for storage, you can cut your energy bills by up to £240 per year through insulation, according to Which.
You might be surprised to hear that if your home doesn’t have insulation, it can potentially lose a quarter of its heat, and with successful insulation lasting for over 42 years, it’s a decision well-worth implementing. Depending on the type of insulation, the work can either be installed via DIY or by a building professional. Providing your property doesn’t have any issues with damp or condensation, loft insulation should be a simple task.
If your loft has easy access, you can use mineral wool insulation layers between the joists. If you don’t have access, you’ll need a specialist to insert fire-retardant insulation material into your loft. By contacting loft companies, you’ll be able to find out if you’re eligible for any particular insulation offers. Housing association or rental properties, maisonettes or flats may not be entitled to particular deals. Equally if you have a larger or unusual property, you may find that you need to pay for your loft insulation.
Some energy suppliers offer cheap or even free insulation. These include: EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, and Scottish Power under the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) scheme. You can look at further ways of making your loft energy-efficient too. Having double-glazed windows ensures you retain heat and make the most of natural light. Equally, having high energy-efficient rated heating will help, as will using low-energy light bulbs throughout your property. We also recommend considering renewable energy through the use of solar panels.