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People 'should fit wall insulation' to become green

Members of the public can reduce their impact on the environment by investing in thermal insulation devices.

This is according to, which marked the recent Earth Day on April 22nd by highlighting some of the best ways to cut carbon footprints and energy bills.

Upgrading a boiler can improve the efficiency of under floor heating and radiators, the organisation pointed out.

Modern condensing versions were recommended by the group, which noted the Energy Saving Trust claimed people with boilers that are older than ten years old could save up to £300 every year by purchasing a newer appliance. also advised boosting the thermal insulation qualities of a house by draught-proofing any gaps.

It described this as a "simple and inexpensive DIY measure", explaining doing so keeps the warm air indoors and minimises heat loss.

Cavity wall insulation is a worthwhile addition to a dwelling, it remarked.

Homes that were constructed after 1930 are likely to have a wall space that can be filled with lagging, the organisation continued, adding it is important to choose a Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency-certified installer when renovating a structure in this way.

Older properties could be built with solid walls and may require dry lining insulation to provide internal cladding, or waterproof insulation to lag the dwelling from the outside.

While upgrading these structures can be more expensive than filling a wall cavity, solid wall insulation also reduces energy bills by a larger amount, stated.

Loft insulation was also highlighted by the group, which pointed out some councils and energy suppliers provide funding for this measure.

Fitting lagging in an attic can "easily be completed" by a person working by themselves in less than one day, it stated.

Earth Day first took place on April 22nd 1970, when 20 million Americans were engaged in the event.

Nowadays, it operates in 192 countries with more than 22,000 partners in the Earth Day Network.

Posted by Helen Hughes