Back in 2008, Bristol was recognised as England’s first cycling city and so its 400,000 residents are not strangers to eco-friendly initiatives. Unfortunately though, many of the homes in the area are not up-to-scratch when it comes to energy efficiency, and a major problem in certain properties is a lack of insulation.
If your home is missing suitable solid wall, cavity or loft insulation, you could be heating your house more than necessary. As well as adding to your bills, this is bad news for the environment.
Assessing your needs
Bear in mind that a third of all the warmth lost in uninsulated homes escapes through the walls. The majority of houses constructed from the 1990s onwards have adequate wall insulation, but older properties often lack these features. The design and age of your house will determine whether you need solid or cavity wall insulation.
You might also benefit from insulating your loft. Because heat rises, a quarter of household warmth can be lost through the roof.