Oil and gas are getting scarcer because one direction, and that’s up, is the cost of heating your house.
The first idea would be to look for the possible options to hold the pricey home heat in. But first, suggest getting your home checked out by an professional who will identify and quantify where the heat is fleeing and through holes to fix.linked here to read more.
If you live in a environment where your home gets cold and you have to turn on some sort of heating to keep dry, you can explore all your choices to maintain and compensate for any heat you produce. The writer resides in a nation that has seen temperatures fall to -17 degrees centigrade over the last two winters. For several households this meant their heating systems ran much of the night and even throughout the day. As night goes by, pay-day comes later in the form of exorbitant heating bills!
The first area to look at is the roof attic to maintain your homes dry, as much of the heat in your home is growing upwards and left uninsulated through the roof would leak out. You will effectively insulate the roof attic by adding a fairly low cost insulation usually called Rockwool that comes in rolls. This is built between the rafters, which can make a big difference in warming up your house. The finer the wool added the greater the performance of the insulation.
The second best place to hide from heat is out of the outer walls. It’s claimed that about a third of the heat in your house flees by uninsulated or poorly insulated walls. Few homes had decent insulation built in during the building process but unfortunately, millions of homes constructed before heating fuel prices and shortages become a concern, have little to no insulation installed and are extremely inefficient for heating.
You essentially have three ways via your walls to minimize heat loss:
External insulation-an protective sheet applied to your home’s outer walls. This ‘skin’ can have a thickness of up to 200mm/8 “and usually has a rendered final.
Insulated plasterboard-an insulating coating added to a gypsum board mounted to the inside of your walls. The most common thickness added is around 80mm/3 “which is very successful at holding the heat at your house. The main drawback is that you lack any space in the room and it might be a challenge if the room is tiny to begin with. Costs for a small room would be around 550 pounds.
If you are on a tight budget or can not afford to waste room space, isolating paint is the lowest cost insulation technique of all, a new well-proven invention that is added to the inside of the walls as every other emulsion / latex, and indeed the ceiling as well. If you would use a paint brush or a roller, the insulating paint will be added to your own which ensures further saves. Retail with leading price marks for about 60/75 pounds per 5 litres, sufficiently for two coats in a tiny space. Isolating paint is without question the lowest cost way to prevent heat from leaking through the walls and ceilings of your house.
For every home isolation the rule of thumb is to choose the one you can manage.