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Garden studios 'good alternative to extensions'

An outdoor studio complete with under floor heating is this year's must have home improvement. This is according to the Daily Telegraph, which reported how opting for a building located in the garden is a cheaper answer to an extension. Rather than build a spare room off a property, people are... More >

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Floor area 'best place for attic insulation'

When laying heating insulation in an attic it is important to ensure the loft is well ventilated. This is according to handyman Peter Hotton, who informed a Boston Globe reader of the best way to insulate a roof space. He described how installing lagging around the rafters "will do no... More >

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Loft insulation 'should feature no sagging'

When laying thermal insulation it is important to ensure there is no sagging of the material, otherwise the lagging may not be as effective. This is according to James and Morris Carey, who described in the HeraldNet newspaper a number of home improvement tips for the winter months. It was... More >

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Insulation helps church move towards carbon-neutral status

A church in Newbury is due to have heating insulation installed as part of a scheme to become the first carbon-neutral house of worship in the UK. The Archbishop of Canterbury has welcomed the move, which has also seen 129 solar panels installed to St George the Martyr Church, the BBC reports. It... More >

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Well-insulated extension 'better than a conservatory'

Homeowners have been advised that an extension fitted with heating insulation is a better alternative to a conservatory. Andrew Leech, spokesman for the National Home Improvement Council, claimed that although glass structures are a cheaper alternative they are less of an investment than adding an... More >

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Loft insulation 'cost-effective way to improve home'

Individuals may want to follow in one writer's footsteps and conduct a home energy audit to see if their heating insulation is up to standard. In an article for the Dedham Patch, Joanna Hamblin explained how she discovered her attic needed lagging after having her property assessed. She... More >

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Marmox keeps thermal bridging at bay

 Leading manufacturer Marmox UK Ltd will be showcasing their new Marmox Thermoblocks, which combat thermal bridging in the base of walls, at this years Ecobuild show. Designed to insulate where the wall meets the floor, Marmox Thermoblocks replace the bottom layer of bricks or blocks in a... More >

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Heating insulation 'appeals to green home buyers'

Individuals hoping to sell their homes have been advised to consider installing heating insulation. In an interview with Eco Friend News, Think Insulation's Lydia Sharples explained how properties that have a low carbon footprint are more desirable to some buyers. Ms Sharples claimed that more... More >

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Do not assume lofts have adequate heating insulation, homeowners advised

Homeowners may want to assess their loft's heating insulation after one writer described finding her high energy bills were caused by lack of lagging. In an article for the Nature Conservancy's Cool Green Science Blog, Stephanie Wear explained how an auditor helped her uncover where she was... More >

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'Engage homeowners' to increase take-up of energy initiatives

Lack of knowledge about the benefits of home energy efficiency improvements is holding people back from renovating their properties, it has been claimed. Gordon Miller, sustainability and communications director of Sustain Worldwide, explained how concerns over the cost of initiatives such as solid... More >

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Gorilla enclosure receives funding for green under floor heating

A new environmentally-friendly under floor heating system is to be installed at an animal enclosure in a bid to help limit climate change. The Jersey Evening Post reports how Durrell Wildlife Park has been awarded £30,000 in sponsorship to help renovate the gorilla pen. Using the funds, the... More >

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Heating insulation 'better cost-saving measure than light bulbs'

Installing heating insulation is more cost-effective than using energy efficient light bulbs, an expert has stated. In an interview with the Daily Mail, head of energy at Consumer Focus Audrey Gallacher said the government's Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) scheme is expensive for... More >

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Basements 'have huge potential for heat loss'

Adding basement insulation to a home can prevent heat loss, an expert has stated. In an article for RISMedia, vice-president of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspections Charles Furlough said people will feel the effects of poor lagging both physically and financially at this time of year. He... More >

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Free heating insulation scheme comes to Liscard

Free thermal insulation is to be installed in homes in Liscard in Wirral as part of a community project. The Cosy Homes scheme offers cavity wall and loft insulation to homes in the region in a bid to reduce household fuel bills. Since its launch in October, the £1 million programme has... More >

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Under floor heating allows conservatories to be used in all seasons

Many people may think conservatories are only suitable for use in spring and summer, but installing under floor heating means they can be used all year-round. That is the opinion of Graham Norwood, who wrote in the Telegraph that the concept of using a glassed space for anything from plants to... More >

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York council warns about heating insulation salesmen

People in north Yorkshire have been warned about bogus salesmen offering heating insulation. The City of York Council's Trading Standards body described how the scam artists are claiming to provide free loft insulation to residents. Those interested in having their attic space lagged are... More >

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Saturated walls 'may indicate need for replacement heating insulation'

It may be necessary to remove cavity wall insulation if a leak is detected through exterior walls, it has been suggested. Writing in response to a Boston Globe reader's query, handyman Peter Hotton explained how failing to let the lagging dry out could lead to mould. The course of action... More >

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Under floor heating 'a luxurious solution'

Installing under floor heating in a property can be a convenient and cost-effective way to make a home feel more luxurious. This is according to Ambient Floor Heating Solutions, which noted having such a system installed in a home can save up to 15 per cent a year on energy bills for houses with a... More >

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Thermal insulation 'is a tea cosy for the home'

Effective thermal insulation is like putting a tea cosy over a property, it has been suggested. Chayley Collis, marketing manager at the Green Building Store, explains that the thermal envelope of the structure can be improved in a number of ways. These contribute in part towards the Passivhaus... More >

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Loft heating insulation 'should have no gaps'

It is important to ensure there are no gaps when laying heating insulation in a loft space. This is according to thermal imaging expert Steven Dickinson, who told the Daily Telegraph failure to seal joists and beams can lead to hot air escaping. "The most common problems we pick up are areas... More >

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World heating insulation demand 'to grow by 5% each year'

The demand for heating insulation is set to increase substantially in the next three years, according to forecasts. Freedonia has produced a new World Insulation Market research document that suggests consumption of lagging will increase by five per cent per year until 2014. North America is... More >

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Residents call for heating insulation in PRC homes

Concerned residents living in precast reinforced concrete (PRC) homes in Anstey have called upon the local council to help provide heating insulation for their properties. The Leicester Mercury reports how the buildings were built after the second world war and as such do not meet modern energy... More >

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Cavity wall insulation 'not appropriate in steel-framed homes'

Individuals considering cavity wall insulation for their home may be interested in the advice of one expert. Writing in response to a Daily Telegraph reader's query, Jeff Howell explained how certain types of buildings are not suitable for this form of lagging. He described how the materials... More >

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Saudi Arabia planning insulation scheme

The power minister of Saudi Arabia has announced a new proposal to enforce investment in thermal insulation in an effort to reduce its energy use. Demand for energy in the emirate nation is rising by eight per cent per year, with estimations that $80 billion (£50 billion) of investment would... More >

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Heating insulation 'can lead to big savings'

Homeowners should take advantage of opportunities to add heating insulation to their properties in order to reap the savings available. Conor Pope, writing for the Irish Times, advised that utility bills can be made much lower with the energy saving technique and they can also receive help to fund... More >

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Thermal insulation 'keeps heat inside the home'

Installing thermal insulation between the living space and the attic is one of the best ways to keep heat inside a home, it has been claimed. In an article for the GateHouse News Service, Philip Schmidt revealed this type of energy efficiency measure slows the rate of heat transfer through the... More >

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Landlords 'should upgrade their thermal insulation'

Landlords should install thermal insulation in their properties to ensure they are energy efficient, an industry body has claimed. The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) named cavity wall and floor insulation as significant steps towards making homes greener. It went on to suggest... More >

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Don't cut corners with thermal insulation, expert says

Thermal insulation is an area of household expenditure that is worth investing in, a specialist has stated. In an interview with WBIR-TV, Roger Lane said the financial benefits of good lagging far outweigh the initial outlay, thanks to the number of ways it can trim energy... More >

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Under floor heating 'offers real comfort'

Under floor heating offers a "real comfort factor" in homes, it has been claimed. A spokesman for flooring and tiling tool supplier QEP Vitrex said people who install the system can keep their bare feet warm on wooden or tiled floors, even when they have no footwear on. "Unless you... More >

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Thermal insulation 'the best way to improve energy efficiency'

Upgrading thermal insulation is the most effective way of improving the energy efficiency of a home, an expert has stated. Maria Wardrobe, director of communications at National Energy Action (NEA), said insulation can make a big difference to the amount of energy each household consumes. In... More >

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