Why Insulate a Solid Wall Property?

Our homes generate over a quarter of the UK’s CO2 emissions. Of the estimated 25 million homes in the UK approximately 36% have been labelled as “hard to treat”, the majority of which are solid walled properties. Insulating all the solid wall properties in the UK would provide significant reductions in the amount of CO2 we emit and would also help to reduce an occupant’s fuel bills.

Save money on energy bills

Homes losing heat, lose money. A poorly insulated house will be costing the occupant significantly more in heating bills than a fully insulated property. Insulation slows the transfer of heat, reducing the amount of energy consumption in the home – keeping it warm in winter.

Eradicate fuel poverty

People living in fuel poverty occupy 50 percent of solid wall properties. Fuel poverty is linked to multiple deprivations and unaffordable fuel prices characterised by inadequate insulation and inefficient heating systems. Fuel poverty can be severely damaging to people’s quality of life and can be particularly uncomfortable for the older generation, children and the disabled. Britain is said to have the highest number of avoidable deaths due to winter cold in Western Europe.

Help reduce CO2 emissions

By insulating the solid walls in these properties the environmental impact of providing space heating is significantly reduced. It is estimated that a properly insulated solid wall home could save approximately 2 tonnes of CO2 per year when compared to a poorly insulated one.*

Increase a home’s value

Insulating a solid wall home properly can add to a home’s market value by significantly improving its Energy Efficiency Rating. In the case of external wall insulation, it can improve the overall aesthetics and internal wall insulation can improve the interior décor and appearance of a property.*

Energy Saving Trust May 2012

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