23 Jun How insulation will reduce your electricity bill
The modern office will usually have at least two ways to heat rooms. These always comprise of central heating, and either an electric radiator or electric fan of some kind. The latter two are particularly common in older properties where local (single room) heating is needed.
However, all these systems cost money to run. Electric boilers – which require no gas or oil to run – cost plenty. For example, it has been estimated that the annual cost of using an electric combi-boiler is £1,800 (Green Match), and electric radiators are no saviours when it comes to reducing electricity bills – they will add up to £250 on to your annual electricity bill, and a small fan heater will add up to £80 to your energy bills.
Add all these together, and what you have is a very costly electricity bill.
Insulation, Insulation, Insulation
One way to reduce your electricity bill is to install insulation. Insulation traps warm air and prevents it from escaping a building, reducing the need to use heating appliances significantly. So for example, if you usually boot up your electric combi-boiler four times a day, with adequate insulation that can easily be cut in half.
Cavity wall insulation
It is estimated that external walls account for 35 per cent of heat loss. Cavity wall insulation therefore is a wise investment. This insulation fills the gaps between external and internal walls. It keeps rooms warm for longer. The average fuel savings are estimated to be £275 in a detached building, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Commercial properties with a loft should have significant insulation installed. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that adequate loft insulation can save a detached building £240 in a year, which is a significant saving. Over a quarter of a building’s heat is loft through the loft area so it makes sense to insulate this area of any building.
Sealing the gaps between floorboards stops draughts and keeps rooms warm. Older buildings are a candidate for this type of insulation; all one has to do is lift the floorboards and install mineral wool underneath, as well as support. This insulation only has to be installed on the ground floor, if the upper floors are above heated spaces.
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