As harsh weather approaches advice is to insulate now

As harsh weather approaches advice is to insulate now


As harsh weather approaches advice is to insulate now


With weather forecasters now warning that the UK should prepare for a drop in temperatures and expect heavy snowfall the National Insulation Association (NIA) is reinforcing the benefits of home insulation and urging householders to act now.


Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA, advised: “The UK has had an unprecedented mild winter so far, but it’s      important to be prepared for when the weather does turn cold. Therefore, we are urging homeowners to act now and insulate their properties.


The NIA advises that 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.


Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) can be installed in just a few hours isn’t disruptive to householders and the benefits are immediate. There are over 7 million households in the UK that have solid walls rather than cavity walls that can benefit from home insulation too.  Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) can be applied on the outside or inside of the walls meaning it can be installed in a wide variety of properties. There are other benefits too, in        addition to lower energy bills; it will be easier to heat, improve the appearance of the property and sound proofing, resulting in a more comfortable home to live in.


The NIA urges householders considering home insulation to only use NIA registered installers for added reassurance and peace of mind as they meet stringent membership criteria and are all signed up to its strict Code of Professional Practice. To help      householders find a local NIA registered installer there is a postcode locator on the NIA website which enables householders to locate installers by proximity to their home.




The Energy Saving Trust reports that by simply installing Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) savings up to £275* per year can be made on energy bills. If the loft is currently         uninsulated, insulation could save up to a further £240* a year – even if there is some loft insulation topping it up to 270mm could save money. The savings are even greater for insulating solid walls, up to £455* per year in a detached home! Draught-proofing windows and doors can also save up to £50* per year and when installed with other measures will greatly increase the comfort in a home.


Marshall added; “Home insulation is the single most effective way of saving money on domestic energy bills, with savings continuing year on year meaning payback periods can be as little as 5 years!”


The NIA advises householders to contact an NIA registered installer for a free survey and quotation plus advice on any help that is available to pay for the insulation.


To find out more, or to contact their local installer, householders should visit the NIA website call 08451 636363 and they can keep up with the latest advice on Twitter @NIAConsumer.





Notes to editors:


* All savings are based on a gas heated property with an 82% efficient boiler. Savings   represents installation in a 4 bed detached home. Figures from Energy Saving Trust and correct for 2015.


The NIA is here to help you with expert opinions and comments on any matter that concerns the insulation of homes and businesses. For further information and images call Duncan or Michele at the NIA press office on 01327 227 010 or email


The NIA represents the manufacturers, system designers and installers of cavity wall, external wall and internal wall insulation, loft insulation and draught proofing. The NIA and its members are committed to providing a high quality, value for money service to householders, housing managers, developers and businesses.


NIA installers carry out work that complies with national standards and technical approvals such as the British Board of Agrément, and in the case of Cavity Wall Insulation according to the   Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency technical guidance covering assessment and installation. 

Cavity Wall Insulation work is covered by the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency’s (CIGA)    independent 25-year guarantee.


SWIGA provides consumer protection and an independent 25-year Guarantee for internal,     external and hybrid solid wall insulation installations carried out under the SWIGA framework by accredited installers.


All of our members abide by the NIA Code of Professional Practice. To find a local NIA approved installer in your area, access information on the benefits of insulation or find details of grants available please visit our website: www.nia-uk.og


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