The NHS spends £859m each year, treating cold-related illnesses due to poorly insulated homes and, with six million UK households in fuel poverty, the cost to the country is likely to increase. The National Insulation Association is therefore urging householders to insulate their homes without delay.
An astounding 60% of heat can leak through uninsulated walls and roofs but with the right measures put in place, householders could not only be saving money and have a warm and comfortable home but could also be cutting down on health issues caused by the cold. By simply installing cavity wall and loft insulation, savings of up to £320** per year can be made on domestic fuel bills and the savings are even greater for insulating solid walls and lofts at up to £655*** per year.
Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA, commented: "Home insulation is the single most effective method of saving money on domestic energy bills and, with the average annual bill of a standard dual fuel tariff in the UK currently at £1,420* per year, householders should seriously consider insulation.
"Government schemes such as the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation can significantly reduce the cost of improving home energy efficiency via insulation of walls, lofts and draught proofing. Fuel poverty is an escalating problem in the current economic climate but householders should be aware that installing home insulation can help combat fuel poverty."
Householders looking for a warmer, healthier and energy efficient home should contact an NIA member today. NIA members can advise on most appropriate and efficient method possible of insulating a home and adhere to a strict Code of Professional Practice so peace of mind comes as standard.
To find a local NIA member, householders should visit the NIA website www.nia-uk.org or call 08451 636363.
* Ofgem Electricity and Gas Supply Market Indicators Updated: 24th April 2013
** Based on adding cavity wall insulation (CWI) (saving around £140 per year) and loft insulation (LI) of 270mm (saving around £180 per year). Savings based on an uninsulated three bed semi-detached gas heated house. Figures from the Energy Saving Trust.
*** Estimated savings if an uninsulated home installed Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) (saving of around £475) and Loft Insulation (LI) (saving around £180) to the recommended depth of 270mm - based on a three bed gas heated semi-detached house. Figures from the Energy Saving Trust.