Insulation - it could be FREE!
PUBLISHED: 08:33 03 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:55 20 February 2013
A commonly-held misconception is that insulating a home is a costly process. However, the National Insulation Association (NIA) reveals the truth about how inexpensive it can be and how quickly insulation can pay for itself.
A commonly-held misconception is that insulating a home is a costly process which takes years to reap financial rewards. However, the National Insulation Association (NIA) reveals the truth about how inexpensive it can be and how quickly insulation can pay for itself.
Householders are advised to find out what financial assistance theyre entitled to from the wide range of grants available not only from the Government, but also through local authorities and energy suppliers. These grants can significantly reduce the cost of improving home energy efficiency via insulation of walls, lofts and draught proofing typically by around 50%. Additionally, those receiving benefits and people aged 70 and over could even qualify to have their home insulated for FREE.
So what are the benefits of insulation?
Cavity wall insulation can shave around 110 off the average annual fuel bill and loft insulation by another 145 per year, so its easy to see how quickly installation costs can be recouped. By taking advantage of the available grants, home insulation can pay for itself in around two years and from there on will provide many years of savings a welcome bonus in the current economic climate.
Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA said; People may believe that its time consuming and difficult to find out which grants are available, and put off finding out what theyre entitled to. However, its really as simple as picking up the phone to their local NIA installer who will provide a free home survey.
By using an NIA member, householders are not only employing a fully qualified installer who is bound by a strict code of professional practice but also someone who can advise them on the range of support available and how to apply. Not only that, NIA members will advise the householder on the most appropriate and efficient method of insulating the home possible.
Working closely with the NIA, the Energy Saving Trust believes that now is the ideal time for people to have their homes insulated.
Susan Jones, Energy Efficiency Advice Manager at the Energy Saving Trust said Around a third of all heat is lost through the walls and loft space of our homes so it makes sense to do improvements to your insulation and heating now before the cold weather kicks in. Most homes should be able to have either their loft or cavity walls insulated for around 250 and it only takes a few hours for the work to be carried out.
Last year over a million homes had Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) and loft insulation fitted with help from grants and subsidies. So dont delay and look forward to a warmer winter and healthier wallet too!
To find a local NIA approved installer, access information on grants available and learn more about the benefits of insulation, visit www.nationalinsulationassociation.org.uk or call 01525 383 313