Press Release:
Cut energy bills and enjoy a warmer home with Solid Wall Insulation

Release Date 09 April 2014

A recent report from Ofgem has found that over the last decade the average dual fuel energy bill has risen from £576 to £1356 an increase of around 135%! With ever increasing energy bills the National Insulation Association (NIA) is highlighting the benefits of Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) and the new Government Cashback scheme to help pay for it.

Neil Marshall Chief Executive of the NIA commented: "An astounding 45% of heat can leak through un-insulated solid walls so installing SWI is a step that householders can take to save energy and money. There are an estimated 7 million households with un-insulated solid walls that could benefit. The Energy Saving Trust regards SWI as one of the most effective energy saving measures that can save up to £460* per year and through the Government's Cashback scheme householders are now able claim up to £4,000 back for installing SWI.

If a home was built before 1920, its external walls are probably solid rather than cavity walls. Cavity walls are made of two layers with a small gap or ‘cavity’ between them whereas solid walls have no such gap and so they let a lot more heat through. However, if householders are not sure whether their property has solid walls or cavity walls an NIA member will be able to help them with this.

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. 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 insulation meaning it can be installed in a wide variety of property types.

Neil Marshall added: "There are other benefits too from SWI, in addition to lower energy bills; it will make the home warmer and more comfortable to live in. EWI can give homes a complete facelift with the wide range of finishes available and improve the weatherproofing. IWI is particularly suitable in conservation areas or where householders do not want to change the external appearance of their property."

The NIA is urging householders to contact an NIA member using the NIA post code locator at www.nia-uk.org to find out if their home is suitable for SWI and for details of the Government Cashback scheme and any other support that might be available.

Householders can be safe in the knowledge that an NIA installer will have signed up to a strict Code of Professional Practice, meaning peace of mind comes as standard with an NIA member.

To find a local NIA member householders and landlords should visit the NIA website www.nia-uk.org or call 08451 636363.


* Based on a detached gas heated house, with an 81% efficient gas boiler and average gas tariff of 4.21p/kWh and electricity tariff of 13.52 p/kWh; Figures from Energy Saving Trust and valid for 2014.

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