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It’s Time To Insulate Homes In The UK

Author: Jack Lloyd
Updated: Apr 19, 2022
5 minutes read

This week, the Guardian released an article on where Britain has gone wrong with insulation.

The article explains that energy-efficient companies have gone bust as a result of conservative governments' flip-flopping approach on taking environmental action.

Previous endeavours such as the Green Homes Grant were branded as a failure after being launched in 2020 only to be scrapped six months later.

Now, the most recent energy security strategy which was published earlier this month, has been under fire for not including any new measures on insulation.

The only change of note was the VAT being scrapped from 5% to 0% on solar panels and other energy saving products.

However, James Higgins from the National Insulation Association, told the Guardian it’s not enough and the 9 million homes that could benefit from more expensive solid wall insulation should be targeted.

Higgins goes on to say not just walls but roof space, underfloor, draft exclusion, doors and windows should be properly insulated.

Here at Eco Quote Today, we couldn’t agree more. A properly insulated house is not only good for the home, it’s great for your finances. We’ve listed a few benefits just from loft insulation alone.

Benefits of Loft Insulation

1. Preventing Heat Loss

Did you know that a quarter of heat is lost through the roof in an uninsulated home?

The whole purpose of insulating your loft is to reduce the heat loss by creating a thermal barrier and preventing the heat from rising and dispersing through your roof.

Just by installing insulation, you can expect a 25% reduction in heat loss. This ensures your home will be warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer.

2. Saving on Bills

Loft insulation can help you regularly save hundreds each year on your energy bills.

And with loft insulation being durable and able to last over 40 years, it will pay for itself many times over.

Plus there’s the possibility of getting a grant that can significantly reduce the cost of installing loft insulation.

3. More Environmentally Friendly

Not only do you benefit financially, the perks of cutting down on your energy use is also the reduction of your carbon footprint. Having insulation will make your home much more environmentally friendly.

4. Noise Reduction

As well as retaining heat, insulation can help shield you from noise pollution and reduce the amount of noise that makes it into your home.

Once your loft is properly insulated, you should be able to notice a reduction in noise outside, especially the upper floor of your house.

5. Increase Home Value

Adding insulation to your loft will increase your home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). In doing so, this will increase your home’s value and its appeal.

We really do hope the Government takes more action to help properly insulate homes in need, but if you feel that insulation is within your means, it will reward you multiple times over in the long run. If you’d like to know more, see our extensive range of insulation articles.