Many of the UK’s homes were built pre-19th century, a feature that their inhabitants are rightly proud of – preserving history in everyday buildings is what gives the countries of the UK their character. However, their age means that their insulation is not particularly modern, and as a result many are living in homes that are simply too cold throughout the winter months. Thankfully, insulation technology has advanced a lot since the 19th century, and many groups are now working to improve living conditions for those living in homes that are not currently protected from the cold.
One such group is Transition Dorking, a Surrey-based team working with Mole Valley District Council to campaign for better solutions to the problems experienced by families living in older homes. The main focus of the group is updating houses by installing wall insulation, loft insulation and double-glazed windows, and raising awareness of the necessity to ensure homes are well-prepared for cold weather, highlighting the fact that an un-insulated home costs up to an extra £300 to heat each year.
The latest project will ask those living in colder houses to detail the work they have already had done on their homes, and to take a temperature reading as well as noting their heating bill costs, so that the group can compile statistics to create a booklet for those living in the area with helpful and relevant information on how to insulate their homes.
If you’re looking to insulate your own home, it’s important to get an expert in to take a look, as it can be quite a daunting task to work on by yourself! There are certain things you can do to improve conditions though; double-glazing can drastically reduce the amount of heat loss and can even trap in heat from the outside, acting like solar heaters – check out Safestyle UK, a national provider of these types of windows, for more information. Smaller investments are also possible; fit draught excluders on the doors to avoid cold air moving from room to room – don’t forget the locks and the letterbox! You could also consider updating your boiler, as old houses tend to hold onto their older boilers for longer, and this is an extremely inefficient way of heating the home. You might even be eligible for a grant, especially if you’re currently using an oil-powered heating system – check this out with your local council!