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     ; It's very important to ensure that any appliance, including

    cookers or boilers, have enough ventilation to operate safely

    ; Do not block up existing air vents or grills, they are there to

    ensure there is enough ventilation

    ; Make sure any chimneys and flues being used by appliances

    burning fuel (gas, coal, oil, wood etc) are regularly swept and

    checked for blockages


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    How to Control Heat Loss.


    Check also that pipes and water tanks are adequately insulated to In a typical British home, around one-third of the heat produced by a

    save energy and prevent freeze up in winter. central heating system is rapidly lost through the roof, ceiling and walls.

     This does not have to happen: simple insulation measures can eliminate

     this loss almost completely.


     As much as 20% of your energy bill can be saved by good loft

     insulation. Lofts should be insulated to a minimum depth of 150mm (6 inches) - preferably 200mm (8 inches) - and this can be done by either a Revised August 2003 contractor or DIY. Mineral wool, fibreglass and recycled paper products all work well. Remember to wear a facemask, goggles and

    protective clothing if you do it yourself, and leave sufficient gaps cheap foam draughtstripping, as it only last a couple of years before it around the eaves to avoid condensation. becomes permanently compressed. Polypropylene tubes are a little more

     expensive but last longer and are more effective. BEWARE! Don't add

    Do not insulate under water tanks that draughtstripping to a room with an open fire or a gas fire that does not may freeze and ensure all pipework and have a balanced flue, where there is no airbrick near the fire. Fires need the loft hatch are insulated. a good flow of air to burn safely and there is a danger of being

     poisoned by Carbon Monoxide fumes if a room is too tightly sealed. Loft Insulation COST: Around Double glazing is the UK's most popular energy saving measure, ?150 - ?300. SAVING: Around although it actually saves less from a typical fuel bill than putting in

     ?60 - ?70(much cheaper) cavity wall insulation. If your windows need replacing,

     make sure that you specify "Low-e" glazing, which has a special heat-

    THROUGH THE WALLS reflective coating between the two panes of glass. This will reduce heat Most heat (up to half the total) is lost through the loss through the glass by nearly half. You can also ask for Argon gas

    walls of an uninsulated house. Wall insulation filled windows: argon is a gas found naturally in ordinary air, but it can reduce this loss by two-thirds and make transmits heat much less readily than the other gases in air, so helps you your home more comfortable. If there save even more money. Finally, look at the air gap between the panes; are cavity walls they can usually be 6mm or 8mm are not really adequate, but 12mm to 20mm are much safely filled with insulating fibre, better at stopping heat losses (and also for reducing noise transmission). beads or foam. Draughtproofing windows and doors COST: Around ?45 - ?60

    If the walls are solid, internal SAVING: Around ?10 - ?20

    insulation (often applied in the form of Secondary glazing COST: Around ?120 - ?600

    an insulated board fixed to the wall) is highly effective, but means SAVING: Around ?15 - ?25

    rooms have to be redecorated and may lose architectural detail. This Double Glazing (Low-E Glazing is best) COST: Around ?3,000+

    can be done by competent DIYers and may be done on a room by room - ?35 SAVING: Around ?20

     basis at the same time the home is redecorated. External insulation

    THROUGH THE FLOOR usually needs planning permission and should only be carried out by

     specialist companies.

    You can lose as much as 10% of heat through uninsulated floors. There

    are a number of ways of solving this problem, including insulating Cavity wall insulation COST: Around ?300 - ?400

    blankets under suspended floors and laying boards over concrete floors SAVING: Around ?60 - ?70

    - ask your energy advisor for details. Internal wall insulation COST: Around ?650 - ?2,000 SAVING: Around ?45 - ?55 Underfloor insulation COST: Varies greatly with method External wall insulation COST: Around ?2,000 SAVING: Around ?45 - ?55


    Draughts are the most uncomfortable and obvious signs of a badly

    insulated house and can be fixed easily with either draughtproofing,

    secondary or double-glazing. Don't be tempted to save money by fixing

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