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Pollution Considerations When Remodeling


Improve your home and save money

1. Check for cavity walls

Homes built after 1935 were often constructed to include cavity walls. If your walls are 26.5cm thick or more and made of standard brick, then itís possible that your house features cavity walls. A third of your homeís heat will be prevented from escaping if you get them insulated which will also shave a whopping 30 per cent off your heating bill.

Your homeís temperature will also become more constant, reducing condensation (which can lead to damp) and keeping temperatures lower during the hot summer months. Homeowners can apply for the £125 energy saving grant; visit the Energy Saving Trust website for further information on that and other eco-friendly home improvement grants available to you and your family.

2. Test for draughts

An average of 20 per cent of a homeís heat loss occurs via ventilation grills and windows. Check for draughts by holding your hand up to them, and where you feel cold air coming in, you can be 100 per cent certain that thereís going to be the same amount of warm air leaving.

3. Inspect your attic

Around 30 per cent of a homeís heat leaves through the roof, so make sure itís insulated to a depth of at least 270mm and if not arrange to have the work carried out. Again, youíll be preventing your hard earned money from disappearing into thin air whilst saving the environment.

4. Improve home security

Installing more secure windows, doors, locks and a burglar alarm will reduce your insurance premium whilst also working to reduce heat loss and condensation. If you think your home insurance policy is too high and yours is due for renewal then make sure you buy online search using a trusted price comparison website.

5. Seek expert advice

Check out www.energysavingtrust.org.uk, where the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre will provide the soundest, most up-to-date advice on energy saving home improvements, including insulation, tools and recommended tradesmen or accrediting bodies.

6. Get an extractor

If youíve either already insulated your cavity walls, or didnít need to in the first place and condensation is still a problem, then look into getting an extractor. Thereí no need to alter windows and external doors with an extractor, either: draught-proofing internal doors will suffice. Alternatively (or even additionally), you might consider getting an extra air brick set into the wall in order to further improve ventilation.

7. Insulate your pipes

A hot water tank works to decrease heat loss by roughly 75 per cent and insulating your hot water pipes and tank will ensure that your water is still hot enough for a nice soothing bath in the evening when you get home from work.

8. Double glaze

Trapping a layer of air between two panes of glass, double-glazed windows create a barrier that reduces heat loss, condensation and noise.

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