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Thermal insulation 'can result in significant savings'

Houses with poor thermal insulation qualities can waste as much as 40 per cent of their central heating, This Is Total Essex has noted.

The publication highlighted a number of methods in which people can reduce their domestic energy bills and curtail the amount of time they need to have under floor heating or radiators switched on.

As much as 25 per cent of a building's warmth escapes through the roof, it pointed out, recommending that people fit thermal insulation in their loft space to combat this.

Many homeowners will be able to fit loft insulation themselves, the news source continued, arguing "installation is so simple" and claiming lagging an attic is "one of the easiest but most effective ways to reduce heat loss".

However, cavity wall insulation should be left to the experts, it continued, pointing out 33 per cent of a house's energy can be lost through uninsulated walls.

Dealing with this issue can also help people save money and minimise their mark on the environment.

Homeowners were also advised to ask professionals for assistance when lagging solid walls with tools such as dry lining insulation or waterproof insulation.

Basement insulation could also be a good idea for members of the public who wish to become more sustainable.

The publication pointed out wooden flooring is particularly commonplace nowadays, with this interior feature easy to clean, contemporary and stylish.

However, it claimed the thermal insulation qualities of this floor are "not particularly good".

Under floor heating insulation may be able to reduce fuel bills and improve domestic energy efficiency, with the news source suggesting that people fit lagging between their floor joists when installing wooden flooring or varnishing their floorboards.

Hot water pipes can be lagged by a layperson too, it argued.

It recommended purchasing heating insulation and fitting this to the plumbing all over the house.

"Getting to all of them will take time, but it is time well spent to see a welcome reduction in your heating bills," the publication noted, claiming this will also make pipework less susceptible to becoming frozen or blocked in the winter.

This echoes advice recently made by the AA Home Emergency Response Service, which stated thinner pipes require thicker insulation.

Posted by Simon Webster