Save on energy bills with insulation

Saving money is at the forefront of everybody’s minds, and what better way to minimize your expenditure than with your household bills. If you are not clued up on the ways that you can save extra dollars when moving to a rental property or buying your first home, this article is going to detail what types of insulation you can get, and how that can save you money.

There are varying types of insulation, and you can get all, or some, depending on what type of property you live in, the types of insulation are the following:

 

  • Roof and loft: Depending on what kind of property you have, roof or loft insulation can definitely save you money. Heat rises, and if you have little to no insulation you will notice that the heat quickly leaves the house. Roof insulation is one of the most effective ways to help save money on your bills.

 

  • Floor: This can be done under the floorboards or in a basement. Despite heat rising, you want to ensure that all areas of the house are covered adequately.

 

  • Wall (solid/cavity): Depending on when your house was made, it will have a cavity wall or a solid wall. Cavity walls are usually found in houses built after the 1920s and consist of two walls. Insulating these two walls will keep the house warmer and prevent heat from escaping. In general, homes built before 1920 have a solid wall, which is more difficult to insulate and more expensive, but can save you hundreds on your energy bills per year. We recommend checking what kind of property you are living in before investing in insulation.

 

  • Windows: Double glazed windows are much better for keeping in heat than single glazed windows. They are not as expensive to get done as insulation around the rest of the house and can make a difference when it comes to saving money on bills. Double glazed windows are easy to do, you just need to get consultation from the right supplier to come and fit them in your home.

 

So, how can insulation actually save me money?

Please note, that you can have all the insulation in the world and still be paying a premium on bills. It is important to look at the amount of energy you are using and doing some price comparison checks before investing in excessive insulation.

For example, if you are excessive with your energy usage, you will still end up paying more than the average person with or without insulation. We recommend consulting with a professional who will be able to give you the best verdict.  Another important thing to note is that you should always look at your energy plan and use a comparison website to see which other plans are going to save you money first, as insulation may not be the best thing for you to invest in. You may just need to switch energy plans to see a real difference in price.

Author: Claire Stapley
Claire Stapley is ElectricityComparison.com.au's Energy Editor, based in Melbourne Australia. Claire is a founding member of ElectricityComparison.com.au News and Energy Team.