If your energy bills are rising, it makes more sense than ever to insulate your home.
But the good news is advisors at Home Energy Scotland from the Scottish Government are on hand to answer your questions about insulation.
Figures in video provided by the Energy Saving Trust, valid for 2014.
If you don’t have any insulation, you’re probably losing about 26% of your heat through the roof and around 33% through the walls.
Adding the recommended 270mm of loft insulation could save you up to £140 a year in heating costs, if your loft is currently uninsulated. Even if you have some insulation in your loft, by topping it up to 270mm you could save money on your heating bills. Filling cavity walls with insulation could add even more to your annual savings.
How to insulate your home
- Loft insulation
- Pipe and tank lagging
- Solid and cavity wall insulation
- Draught proofing
- Floor insulation
Save energy at home
Find out about other easy ways to save energy at home. Just turning down the thermostat by 1°C can cut your annual heating bill by 8%. To make sure you still feel comfortable, your thermostat should be set between 18°C and 21°C.
Types of insulation
Depending on how you want your home insulated, there are different types of insulation available to do the job.
If you do decide to go down the DIY route, you can buy Energy Saving Trust Recommended insulation to be certain that it will be as efficient as possible at keeping in the heat.
Glass wool insulation is made from fibreglass, but looks a lot like wool. Fibres trap air to reduce heat loss. Glass wool comes in rolls and is commonly used for cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and to insulate pipes.
Rock mineral wool is an excellent heat insulator, made from heating molten rock to extreme temperatures and then spinning it into wool. Available in rolls for use in cavity wall insulation and loft insulation.
Rigid boards or panels made of foam are a highly versatile type of insulation. You can use them to insulate your home anywhere from floor to roof.
Sheep’s wool insulation is a high performance, natural and environmentally friendly type of insulation. For use in loft insulation, and also under and between floors.
Injected foam insulation is used for cavity wall insulation. A foamed insulant is injected into the empty spaces in walls through holes that are then filled. An easy, quick and cost-effective way to insulate your home.