How to insulate your home
Insulating your home isn't an easy job and may require professional help, see what you can do with our handy list of tips.
Insulation slows the heat from leaving the house. There are many types and forms of insulation you can opt for instead of turning up the thermostat.
Do you ever notice how it gets a little chillier near doors? This is because the warm air is escaping and cold air is creeping in.
Fit draught excluders around all exterior doors (and interior doors if need be).
Sealant strips can be bought cheaply from DIY stores and are super easy to fit, just like applying sticky tape.
Don't forget to get a brush trim for letter boxes and bigger gaps at the bottom of doors.
Cracks and crevices around window frames are also a popular escape point for warm air.
To check for weak points, run the palm of your hand around the edge of the frame.
If you feel a breeze, you've got a hole. Patch these up with a putty or sealer. To make it easy on yourself get the type that comes in a tube. Squirt it on; smooth it over and the jobs done.
It's worth investing in double glazing if you don't already have it. Double glazing has two layers of glass with a space between them, designed to reduce loss of heat. This will save you pounds on your annual heating bill.
Closing curtains or blinds after dark also traps in the warm air and prevents draughts. And it looks cosier too!
Most homes have gaps between the skirting board and the floor, and if you have floorboards it's likely that that there are a few gaps between them too. This is another job for our trusty silicone sealer. If you have a wood floor and want to go the whole hog, you could get the experts in to fit floor insulation beneath the boards. Putting a rug down isn't a bad idea either.
Laying loft insulation in the average home can cut a whopping one ton of carbon dioxide emissions per year, as well as make a major dent in your heating bills.
Pipes and hot water
Wrapping your hot water tank in a cosy 80 millimetre jacket will cut heat loss. Also, consider insulating your pipes. Not only will this help to save energy, it will also provide some protection against freezing in winter.