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Free Cavity Wall Insulation for Everyone!

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Hello!  How are you?  The good news is we survived our house move in one piece (just!) and are settling into our new house nicely – which now comes with electricity, gas, and importantly, internet access and wifi!  Got to have my wifi!

We went down the DIY route and did the move ourselves, with the kind help of family and friends, and while it went well we have both vowed we are never moving again!  The whole house buying and moving process was the most stressful thing ever!  We’re now trying to put that stress behind us and right now we are busy poring over paint swatches, and getting quotes left right and centre for various work that needs done on the house.

One thing that is pressing on my mind right now in particular is cavity wall insulation, or rather lack of.  Our house is really old, and we have ridiculously high ceilings – about 11/12 foot high in the living room and hall.  Even though it’s April we’ve found it to be particularly nippy at night and really hard to heat and then keep warm.

Thankfully our property has cavity walls so is a prime candidate for cavity wall insulation.  I had a search on the internet to see what the cost of cavity wall insulation might be and was pretty over the moon to discover that British Gas are currently offering people in uninsulated homes free cavity wall insulation.  You don’t have to be a British Gas customer, and you don’t have to be in receipt of certain benefits or of pension age or over to benefit – the offer of free cavity wall insulation is open to everyone regardless of age or income.

You can find out more on the British Gas website and you can find out if your home is suitable here.

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There are a few exceptions – it’s for residential properties only; and you can’t get it if you live in a Council or housing association owned property.  If you rent you’ll need to get your landlord’s permission and if you live in a flat your neighbours have to agree to the insulation too.  British Gas won’t top up existing cavity wall insulation; and if you have damp problems they should be sorted first but apart from that, as long as you live in a house that’s suitable for cavity wall insulation then it’s yours!

Cavity wall insulation is pretty amazing – over a third of heat lost from un-insulated homes escapes through the walls, and according to Which? our heating bills could be reduced by up to £145 a year, without spending a single penny.  Even if you did have to pay for it, because some much heat leaches through un-insulated walls, it’s actually one of the single most cost effective ways to save energy in the home, so I’d completely recommend getting your hands on the free cavity wall insulation if you don’t have insulation already!

In case you’re wondering, I’m not sponsored by British Gas – I just wanted to pass on my fortuitous find!  I’ve got my appointment booked and hopefully will have it installed before long!

Energy Saving, Home and Garden

15 Easy Ways to Save Energy (And Money!)

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easy ways to save energy

There are so many ideas on easy ways to save energy contained in these here archives that I thought it might be really useful if I collated them in one post for old and new Moral Fibres readers alike.  Even though energy use tends to be reduced in summer compared to winter, there’s still always scope for saving energy!

If you implemented all of these easy tips I’d estimate you could save at the very least £180 a year.  That’s quite a low estimate – if you followed just two of these tips and turned down the brightness on your TV (saving up to £96 a year), and turned down your thermostat (saving up to £30 a year) then you’d already be saving £126 a year.  Add in the 13 extra tips and you could be saving big time!

Easy Ways to Save Energy In Your Kitchen

Learn how to pack your fridge and freezer efficiently.

Defrost your freezer.  This is a pain but so worth it!

Defrost food the night before cooking it.

Dust your fridge.  This is a surprising but effective tip.

Use your microwave to cook small portions of food

Switch your microwave off at the wall.

Use a lid when cooking on the hob.

Open your dishwasher door before it starts the drying cycle to air dry your dishes – saving up to 50% of your dishwasher’s energy.

Use a clothes horse instead of drying clothes on radiators.

Turn down your hot water thermostat to 60ºC

 

Easy Ways to Save Energy In Your Living Room

Rearrange your furniture.

Turn the brightness down on your TV.

Switch off your router when you’re not using it.

Charge your mobile phone during the day.

Close your curtains at dusk (at open them again as soon as you get up).

Have you got any easy ways to save energy?  Share with other readers in the comments below!

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