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Insulate now as a harsh winter is on the way

Following the recent snow fall across Britain and tumbling temperatures we at Ellipse Energy are reinforcing the benefits of home insulation and energy efficient heating systems.

Only a few weeks ago forecasters warned that the UK should prepare for the worst winter in half-a-century with advanced weather models now predicting heavy snowfall for this winter.

Where should I Start?

If you’re looking to save energy at home and reduce the cost of your energy bills, it can be difficult to know where to start, there are a wealth of options to consider which will help to make your home more comfortable and affordable to run.

Around 60% of heat can be lost through uninsulated walls and roofs; but with the right measures put in place, householders could be keeping this valuable heat in their homes.

Home insulation is the single most effective method of saving money on domestic energy bills, with savings continuing year on year and the payback period can be as little as 5 years!

Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) can be installed in just a few hours, isn’t disruptive to householders and the benefits are immediate. The Government regards CWI as one of the most effective energy savings measures and all CWI installed by Ellipse Energy comes with a CIGA 25 year guarantee.

The Energy Saving Trust reports that by simply installing Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) savings from £90 up to£275* per year can be made on your energy bills, depending on the size of your home.

Heat rises, and in an uninsulated home, a quarter of heat is lost through the roof. Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way to reduce heat loss and reduce your heating bills.

Loft insulation is effective for at least 42 years and it should pay for itself many times over.

If your loft is currently uninsulated, insulation could save from £135* up to £240* a year even if you have some loft insulation topping up to 270mm could save you money.

Draught-proofing windows and doors can save between £15 and £50* per year and when installed with other measures will greatly increase the comfort in a home.

7 million households in the UK that have solid walls

There are also over 7 million households in the UK that have solid walls rather than cavity walls that can benefit from home insulation. A lot of people who live in solid wall properties do not realise they can have them insulated, but they can and there are a range of options available. Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) can be applied either on the inside of the property using Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) or on the outside walls using External Wall Insulation (EWI), or a combination of the two known as Hybrid Wall Insulation. This means it can be installed in a wide variety of property types.

There are other benefits too from SWI, in addition to lower energy bills; it will make the home warmer, improve sound proofing and be more comfortable to live in.

The savings are even greater for insulating solid walls, from £145* per year in a typical gas-heated flat, up to £455* per year in a detached home!

Upgrade to a new boiler and you could save up to £340 a year on energy bills

In a typical UK household, more than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. As fuel costs rise, having an energy efficient boiler is vital in addition to making sure your home is adequately insulated.

If you have a central heating system that was installed before 2005, now is the time to consider replacing your boiler with a newer, more efficient model and fitting better controls and using them to make sure your boiler only provides heat where and when you want it.

As boilers account for about 55 per cent of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference. Modern boilers are more efficient for several reasons, but their main advantage is that they are all condensing boilers. A condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and is more efficient.

Replacing a G-rated boiler with an A-rated boiler and full set of heating controls could save around £340 and 1,500kg of carbon dioxide a year.

We have access to ECO funding to provide heating and insulation improvements for households. The aim is to provide enough support to significantly reduce the cost of installing these measures and making them even more cost-effective.

The best way for householders to find out if their home requires insulation or a new energy efficient boiler is to contact us for a free survey and quotation plus advice on any help that is available to pay for the insulation.

Homeowners can also be safe in the knowledge that Ellipse Energy have signed up to a strict Code of Professional Practice, meaning peace of mind comes as standard with all of our accredited installations.

* All savings are based on a gas heated property with an 82% efficient boiler. Savings ranges represent the different savings which can be made in different property types. The lower end of the savings range represents installation in a 2 bedroom flat, the larger end represents installation in a 4 bed detached home. Loft top-up savings range is based on topping up from 120-270mm. Figures from Energy Saving Trust and correct for 2015.

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Please contact Ellipse Energy FREE on 0800 108 8824 (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-17:30pm)

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