Far too much energy is wasted in most households everywhere. Proper insulation is one of the simplest and most cheapest method of directly improving the general energy efficiency of your home and saving you money on your ever-increasing fuel bills. More than 55% of all heat in your home can be wasted through your walls, leaky widows, flooring and your roof space too.
A high number of water tanks in houses have either no insulation, or the jacket type is just not effective enough, so you must buy a good thick, heavy jacket for the tank insulation, as it will keep the water hot for a much longer duration and this method will pay for itself in as little as a few months.
A high percentage of heat is lost along the entire span of your hot water piping. The most important pipes to efficiently insulate, are those in the coolest areas such as the roof space of your home. Best practice is to those pipes that are nearest to the hot water cylinder, because they are the hottest and will reduce heat quicker than the rest.
If you have a boiler and a hot water tank, then it is crucial to properly insulate the pipes in between them. Do insulate the pipes leading from the cylinder to your hot water taps too, because normally the first few metres are the most significant.
Heat only the rooms you use regularly and turn down your radiators to low heat or perhaps close warm air grilles at home. Keep your doors and windows firmly closed in winter, but you must inspect rooms that are not heated for a while, for signs of moisture or mould. Also try to keep your doors and windows closed when the heating is on, and do not obstruct ventilators spaces or air bricks in your home.
Close all curtains when it gets dark and do not have any of your furniture close to or directly in front of any radiators or heating appliance. If you have wide window sills, then your curtains should drop exactly on top of them and not overlap the radiator itself.
Gaps between floor boards and the floor should be filled in with a wood moulding substance, or with the type of gap fillers which you can buy from most D.I.Y. shops. Install heat reflective metal foil behind your radiators on external walls to keep the heat firmly securely inside your home. The shiny side should be facing into the room and not the opposite way.
Draught proof your home if it feels cold and fit draught excluding strips on window frames, external doors and the roof space hatch. Also fill gaps in your floor-boards and also below the skirting boards as well.
Up to 25% of your household energy bill can be rescued by effective loft insulation and keep all heat inside your home. More heat is lost through the walls of an average house than by any other route, and most homes that have cavity type walls can be filled with effective insulating materials. Installing cavity wall insulation is very effective in cutting your energy bills.
Draught-proofed, single glazed windows do waste a lot of heat. But this heat loss through windows can be reduced with double glazing your entire home. Expertly fitted double-glazing can be costly, but if you do need new windows, then having double-glazing fitted is an excellent choice as it makes your rooms more comfortable and warmer.
Install double-glazing in the rooms you use the most, and on the bigger windows initially. Effective double-glazing can cut enormously the heat that would otherwise be lost via your windows. Double-glazing with special low emission glass can reduce it even more, so this is something definitely worth your while looking into.