Top up your loft insulation and reap the savings

New research* from thinkinsulation.com has revealed that over a third of UK households are missing an opportunity to save money on their fuel bills by failing to top up their loft insulation because they believe that it will limit their storage space.

With the average home losing up to 25 per cent of its heat through an un-insulated roof, clearing out unwanted goods in your loft and insulating can be an easy money making task.

An empty loft insulated to a depth of 270mm or more prevents heat from escaping and can reduce energy bills by as much as £175 per year**, whilst instantly boosting a property’s energy efficiency rating. Installing your own loft insulation is a simple job which can be completed in less than a day, and if you do it yourself it will only cost from £50 – £350 depending on the size of your loft.

There are solutions for storage in your loft which also provide insulation. Space Insulation is a range of energy saving loft insulation products recommended for simple and fuss-free DIY installation. The range includes Space Board ECO, a high performance extruded polystyrene insulation board which when used in conjunction with a layer of chipboard provides the perfect storage deck in your loft.

Alternatively, for those that don’t need to use their whole loft for storage, or only require it to be partially boarded, the best solution is to top up those areas that are not required for storage with glass mineral wool insulation to ensure maximum thermal efficiency. All of the glass mineral wool insulation products in the Space Insulation range offer many superior environmental qualities as they are made using recycled glass bottles and with ECOSE® Technology, a unique formaldehyde-free binder based on rapidly renewable materials instead of petro-based chemicals.

Lydia Sharples, from thinkinsulation.com comments: “Clearing out and insulating a loft can be an ideal job for the bank holiday weekend – if you can, pick a dry day when you can empty the contents of your loft outside while you lay the insulation to save you cluttering up the house with dusty boxes.”

She continues: “To help with the hassle of disposing unwanted items you will find there are many companies that offer a simple, cost-effective and environmentally responsible solution. Any Junk is the UK’s largest junk removal company and they charge according to the amount of junk cleared, so you only pay for the size of container used.

“Another interesting way to get rid of your unwanted goods is by posting them free-of-charge to Freecycle, an organisation that allows people to connect online and donate to people in their region. The scheme aims to reduce consumerism by lowering manufacturing costs and encourage junk clearing with community involvement.”

To find out more on the money saving benefits of loft insulation and other money-saving tips visit www.thinkinsulation.com

*thinkinsulation.com undertook consumer research with a national sample of 2,000 respondents to garner consumer insight into the key influencing factors driving people to top-up loft insulation and the barriers preventing consumers topping up loft insulation. Results were broken down by age, gender and location.

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