27 Nov

Insulation the key to lower bills, says expert

Insulation the key to lower bills, says expert

In news that may interest buy-to-let investors hoping to offer property for rent with low fuel bills, an expert has emphasised the potential good insulation has to offer towards lower costs and improved energy efficiency.

Simon Church, Midlands project officer at energy efficiency solutions provider eaga, stated in a seminar at the recent Landlord and Buy-to-Let Show at Birmingham: "The majority of heat is lost through the roof and currently building regulations call for 11 inches of loft insulation but the vast majority of properties out there have less than four inches."

He added that homes built between the 1930s and mid-1980s had cavity walls built without insulation inserted, noting that 1.75 million of these are still in such a state.

Such insulation can make a big difference, Mr Church said, as well as double glazing, which he noted has strong draught-proofing qualities.

Properties with good energy efficiency qualities may be more attractive to tenants, because of their eco-friendliness and lower bills.

The Energy Savings Trust has said that better energy efficiency could save each household in the UK an average of £300 per year.

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