Quick energy tip No 8: Insulate your walls for easy savings
Last week we took a look at insulating your roof for some easy savings. This week we're looking at insulating your walls for even more of those easy savings.
Cavity Wall Insulation
If you’ve recently gotten your roof insulated and you think the job is completely done then think again. Sealing off your roof won’t seal in 100 per cent of your homes heat and up to 30 per cent of that heat can be lost through poorly insulated walls.
By improving the insulation in your existing walls you could turn that 30 per cent heat loss into a cosy 30 per cent saving on your annual heating bill if you get the work done by Electric Ireland – who do more than just electricity, in case you didn't know.
So how exactly how do you know if you need cavity wall insulation? Well, if your home was built with cavity walls before the mid 80s then they may not have any insulation in them at all. More recent cavity walls may have a bit, but it may not be enough, and could definitely be improved upon.
So what's involved in the procedure? An Electric Ireland service technician will come out to your gaff and access your walls to see if they match the criteria necessary for cavity wall insulation. They will then drill a hole on the outside of your cavity wall, pump in the insulation and seal it all back up as if nothing ever happened. You can find out more about the procedure on the Electric Ireland website over here.
The typical cost of full cavity wall insulation for a 3 or 4 bed Semi-detached house is roughly €787. However, with Electric Ireland’s discount of 10%, which lasts until the end of August, the cost to you could be more along the lines of €709. Not bad we think you’ll agree.
To find out more ways to save money on electricity around the home check out the Electric Ireland website.