Energy Saving, Home, Home and Garden

Free Cavity Wall Insulation for Everyone!

free cavity wall insulation

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.

cavity wall insulation

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!

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method Cleaning Products Review

method cleaning products

method cleaning products

The nice people at method recently sent me some of their cleaning products to try out.

In the interests of full disclosure, I have to say I’m an existing fan of method Cleaning Products.  I’ve mentioned them before in my post on my environmentally friendly cleaning products that work post and my post on washable nappies.  My particular method favourites are the laundry liquid and lavender multi-surface spray, but I was keen to try some new method products!

method sweet tangerine air freshener

The first product I tried out was their new sweet tangerine air freshener.  To be honest we’re not air freshener people – it’s not something I normally buy and I prefer opening a window or burning a candle – but I was willing to approach it with an open mind.

method say “unlike many traditional aerosol sprays that are powered by petroleum-based propellant mixed in with the product, method continuous spray air fresheners are packed in an airtight chamber powered by compressed air. so when you spray, you fill your room with one of our nature-inspired scents.”

I like the fact there are no propellants and have to admit it did smell lovely and not in an overly cloying way that some air fresheners can smell.  The smell doesn’t linger too long – just enough to cover up what smell you’re wanting to mask and no more – so you’re not going to walk into a room two hours later and still be over-powered!  My only real gripe with it was I noticed it did leave droplet marks on our dark tiled bathroom floor that needed wiping off, but as I don’t use air freshener then I don’t know if this is common to all air fresheners?

method power foam dish soap

Next on my list to try was method’s Power Foam Dish Soap in lemon mint.  The idea is that you spray the power foam on to your sponge or cloth, wipe your dirty dishes and rinse them off.  I have to say I was initially a little perplexed by this product – it’s more environmentally friendly to fill your sink and do a load of dishes rather than rinsing them under the tap so I wasn’t too sure why method had come up with this product.

It sat on my worktop for a few days unused, and then one night I was filling up my dishwasher.  As I filled it up, bar a a pot and a skillet that aren’t dishwasher safe, I realised it would be perfect for those couple of items that can’t go in the dishwasher but you don’t want to fill a sink just to wash one or two things.  And so I got cleaning my skillet and was impressed with how easily it removed cooked on food, and the lovely minty lemon smell.

I don’t know if it’s something I would regularly purchase though – it’s going to take me quite some time to get through it, and I’m not too sure if it’s much different to wiping down your dishes with a bit of washing up liquid?  I’ll update if I find much difference as I go – I’m keeping an open mind!

method hand wash

Finally, I tried out method’s Fresh Currant Hand Wash. I’ve used method Hand Wash in the past, so I’m no stranger to their paraben free, triclosan free and naturally derived formulation.  Fresh Currant smells lovely, has great cleaning properties and doesn’t dry out my hands so it ticks all my boxes.  We’ve been using bar soap for quite some time now as bar soap is generally a bit more environmentally friendly (packaging and transportation wise) than liquid hand wash, so this was a bit of an indulgent treat for us!  Thanks method!

Have you used any method cleaning products before?  Which are your favourites?

Disclosure: method sent me some cleaning products to review, but all words, opinions and photos are my own.