- Alternative forms of enery conservation and technology used in housing!
Simply cut down on your unnecessary energy expenditure.
I find that under certain circumstances that the complete opposite is very effective at keeping me warm.
@kaesae Make sure you have cavities then look through here to see if they can point you in the right direction for grant aid.Posted 6 years ago
I’d also think about your motives as a lot of accepted insulating technique have quite long pay back periods, double glazing for example.midlifecrashesSubscriber
Go to Wilkos, buy a couple of tubes of caulk. Stop all the draughts. Then see which walls and windows are coldest and work on them. Heavy floor to ceiling curtains really work, but a bit crap if you have to waste daylight to stay warm. Floor to ceiling bookcases, filled with books, obviously, are pretty good at warming up a cold wall, better still if they have doors on.Posted 6 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
If you are top floor don’t insulate under the floor, let everyone else’s heat come up to you. Locally (in ayrshire) I’m offered free energy assessments that look at helping to reduce costs and identify the actions to take whether you own or rent the property. Not sure if that’s a local or national initiative though.
If you are already pretty frugal and the property isn’t that big then savings will be relatively small and the cost of implementing any improvements might take longer to pay for themselves. If its a rented property might be smarter to just move than spend money on improventsPosted 6 years agotomasoSubscriber
Investing the fabric of a property you don’t own does not seem like good economics. I suppose it depends how long you intend to live there.
1. Draughts are the easiest and cheapest to sort.
2. Curtains with insulation really make a difference and they are easy to make – sewing is not a black art when you have a machine to do it. If you want to go to extremes to save heat loss from windows make up some demountable closed cell insulation boards that fit into the reveals of the windows – any phenolic insulation board will do, it doesn’t have to be the fancy kingspan.
3. If its a flat and you can’t get to the underside of the fllor insulating the floor with something like these would make a difference wickes – unless the person the lives below you ‘heats your flat!
4. Lagging you hot water pipes and tank.
5. Dry line external walls with insulated plasterboard gyproc plasterboard
6. Insulate ceiling
Have a look here greenspecPosted 6 years ago
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