Managing energy efficiency in your home is more than just knowing when to turn the heating on and off throughout the day. Energy bills seem to be constantly rising every year, and if you have a big family, the size of the bills can quickly increase.
Making sure a loft is insulated is one of the best ways to warm your home and significantly cut down on energy bills. Here’s how to make sure your loft is more energy efficient.
Get the right type of insulation
Mineral wool insulation is fairly easy to install if there is no condensation or damp within your loft space, providing you have good access. You place the first layer in between the joists, followed by an additional layer at right angles to ensure the joists are covered, giving sufficient depth of insulation. If you have a head for DIY, this should be something you can tackle yourself.
Energy suppliers can help
Some gas and electricity suppliers are signed up to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. This covers all the big six firms (EDF, Eon, Scottish Power, Npower, British Gas and SSE) and they are obliged by law to help subsidise energy efficiency improvements in their customers’ homes. This is great news if you are looking at ways to cut down the cost of insulating your loft.
What are you using the loft for?
If you are planning a loft conversion and will be using a professional company like The Loft Consultancy, then the new roof will be insulated as standard. However, if you are not converting your loft, there are still some ways to provide insulation protection, depending on what it is being used for.
Storage – If the loft is primarily used just to store various items, then you’ll need thick enough insulation to fit underneath the boards. Using a combination of mineral wool and rigid insulation boards underneath a further set of wooden boards will do the job. There is also the option to buy wooden boarding that arrives with insulation board already attached to it.
Hard to access – For loft spaces that are mostly inaccessible, hire a professional firm to install blown insulation. They will be able to use industry standard equipment to place loose, fire-retardant material – usually mineral wool or cellulose fibre – into the loft in a short space of time.