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    NIA release ten insulation facts to help save money and keep your home warm and cosy as the cold weather bites

    21st January 2013

    Recent mild weather has been replaced with freezing temperatures that could plunge to -15C with sleet and snow in the coming weeks according to the met office. With this in mind the National Insulation Association (NIA) is advising that one sure way for householders to keep the heat in and reduce their energy bills is to install insulation.

    The NIA has put together ten facts that will help inform households about the benefits of installing insulation to help keep homes warm and bills down.

    1. Over 60% of a home's heat can be lost through un-insulated walls and lofts. A hassle-free way to save energy and prevent money disappearing into thin air is to stop this heat escaping with insulation.

    2. Solid Wall Insulation can save around £460 a year on householder's fuel bills year-on-year! It can also reduce a home's carbon footprint by around 2 tonnes of CO2 a year.

    3. If every UK household suitable for Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) installed it, a saving of 4 million tonnes of CO2 every year could be made – a decrease in 550kg of CO2 per household. CWI pays for itself in around 2 years and will typically save around £135 a year on householder’s fuel bills.

    4. Draught proofing around leaky door and window frames can save around £55 a year on heating bills and can make a home feel more snug and pleasant.

    5. Insulating under the floorboards on your ground floor will save you around £60 a year, and you can seal the gaps between floors and skirting boards to reduce further draughts too.

    6. Loft insulation can save around £175 per year on householder’s fuel bills and around 720kg of CO2 a year.

    7. NIA members will provide an independent 25 year guarantee from the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA) when CWI is installed. Providing the householder with an independent, uniform and dependable guarantee.

    8. Tax allowances of up to £1,500 are available until 2015 for Landlords through the Landlords Energy Saving Allowance. Enabling landlords to claim the cost of insulation solutions on all their properties.

    9. Homeowners can be safe in the knowledge that an NIA installer will have signed up to a strict Code of Professional Practice.

    10. The best way to find out if a house requires insulation is to contact an NIA installer member for a free survey and quotation by using the postcode locator search on the NIA’s home page.

    For more information on how to save money this winter by keeping your house insulated please contact your nearest Encon branch.