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Roof Lagging (Loft Insulation)
It is estimated that up to 1/3 of the money spent heating homes that are not sufficiently insulated is wasted..Insulating your loft is inexpensive and easy to arrange or even do yourself. There is no simpler way to reduce your heating costs and the resulting impact on the environment. Loft insulation acts as a blanket, trapping heat rising from the house below. You should also consider lagging your pipes at the same time for optimum efficiency
Simply by insulating your loft to the recommended 270mm depth you could save you as much as 30% a year on your heating bills and nearly 1 tonne of CO2 per year.
If every household insulated their loft just to the recommended minimum it is estimated that the savings would be enough to pay the annual fuel bills of millions of families.
Methods of Loft Insulation
How it Works:
Insulation is simply laid over the floor of the loft, between and then over the joists if they are visible. Protective clothing, gloves and masks should be worn. Care must be taken not to insulate below the cold water tank, if one is present, and not to compress the insulation in tight corners or eaves. Walk boards can then be laid over the joists to provide safe access from the loft hatch to any water tanks (if present). A standard loft insulation installation comprises not only of the fitting of the loft insulation itself, but should also include the lagging of cold water tanks and the pipes � to prevent pipes or tanks bursting during cold weather. Your loft hatch should also be draught proofed and insulated where possible.
Loft insulation can be carried out as a DIY task or by a professional installer. There are grants and offers available to help you pay for loft insulation. All energy suppliers have schemes providing grants for home insulation - available to everyone, irrespective of status.Find out if you′re entitled to a grant or offer If you have other questions why not visit our FAQ section. If you still have other questions why not call your local Energy Saving Trust advice centrefor free, impartial advice on saving energy in your home.
There are a number of different methods of loft insulation and these are summarised as follows: