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SSE energy price rise causes NIA to recommend thermal insulation

Improving the thermal insulation qualities of a house can reduce a home's carbon footprint and help homeowners save money.

This is according to the National Insulation Association (NIA), which recommended that homeowners take advantage of grants and subsidies in order to help them pay for the cost of lagging their home.

It made this statement in response to news that many Brits may have to face hikes of as much as £100 in their gas and electricity bills, with SSE revealing that on October 15th, it plans to increase its customer's average bills by nine per cent.

However, the NIA suggested that this rise in expenditure could be dealt with through loft and cavity wall insulation, which can be paid for through the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme that concludes in December.

Furthermore, people who have lagging installed by an NIA member will be able to benefit from an independent 25-year guarantee from the Cavity Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency.

NIA installers are also obliged to abide by a Code of Professional Practice, the group stated.

It suggested that the heat produced by radiators, under floor heating or other central heating devices is lost through uninsulated lofts and walls, with more than 50 per cent of a property's heat potentially escaping from a house in this way.

People whose homes require solid wall insulation could benefit from energy savings of around £460, with this reduction in expenditure continuing year-on-year.

Furthermore, a house's annual carbon footprint can be curtailed by approximately two tonnes as a result of this renovation, the NIA stated.

Households that require solid wall lagging frequently spend more money on this refurbishment, but the energy savings the installation results in are larger.

Lagging walls without cavities can require the addition of dry lining insulation on the interior of the property or waterproof insulation on its exterior.

Posted by Paul Taylor


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