Job of the Month: Insulate your Property
The autumnal equinox took place on Saturday the 23rd of September, signalling the official beginning of autumn here in the northern hemisphere. With temperatures already beginning to fall, now is the time to make sure that your home is properly insulated to prepare it for the coming winter. In this edition of the Greengates Builders Merchant blog, we look at four key benefits of installing insulation.
- Reduced Energy Costs. The first and most obvious benefit is an immediately noticeable reduction in the price of your energy bill; this is especially salient right now as the cost-of-living crisis continues to deepen. Data from the UK's Energy Saving Trust shows that good insulation can reduce energy bills by as much as 35%. For a typical semi-detached home with three bedrooms, this represents a total of around £310 a year.
- Increased Property Value. In addition to saving money on energy bills, insulation can also enhance the financial value of your property; buyers are inclined to pay a much higher price for a property that is energy-efficient. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors carried out an in-depth study into this phenomenon, concluding that well-insulated properties can sell for 5% or more than those that are not.
- Lower Impact on the Environment. The reduction in how much energy is required to heat your home lessens environmental impact, lowering the amount of carbon emissions and other pollutants produced. Data from the UK government suggests that, if all homes were properly insulated, the total carbon emissions of the UK could be reduced by a massive 10%.
- Improved Indoor Ambience. Indoor temperature has a significant effect on mood and insulation helps to maintain it at a comfortable level. That insulation helps to keep a home warm in winter is well known; what is less obvious is that it acts in exactly the reverse manner during summer, helping to keep the home cool. Insulation also helps to improve the ambience of a property by reducing the level of noise pollution from outside.
At Greengates Builders Merchants, we stock a comprehensive array of insulation options for lofts and cavity walls, along with all of the required fixings such as tape and retaining clips. We invite you to browse our website to discover the complete collection. If you have any questions or need expert advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our dedicated technical team.