Insulation ‘is the best winter renovation’

insulation_2They say insulation is the best renovation homeowners can make in preparation for the winter time.

This is according to Institute of Domestic Energy Assessors corporate communications officer Mike Crompton, who said this ought to be done to cold water and central heating pipes.

He pointed out the expense of calling out professionals to repair the damage caused by burst plumbing “can far outweigh the cost of insulation”.

Many buildings still have very poor lagging, the expert claimed, noting that loft insulation only costs a one-off payment of £90.

“It’s a no-brainer really,” Mr Crompton stated.

He stated that grants are available for insulation, such as under the Green Deal.

This can enable property owners to take out a loan to improve the energy efficiency of a building, which the occupants pay back through reductions to their energy bills.

Mr Crompton remarked that tenants would have a house that is cheaper to run and warmer to live in and should therefore benefit from the renovation.

The first refurbishments under this policy are scheduled to take place in autumn 2012, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

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