Hello everyone, it’s me again, Abigail Clarke from Find Energy Savings, ready to take you on yet another one of my family’s journeys toward improved energy savings. You may remember me from my humble beginnings on the Anglian Home Improvements blog back in December when I benefited from the Big Energy Saving Week and was given an energy saving pack – which I am still using to benefit the family, as it’s a great way to be aware of what is going on ‘behind the scenes’ in your household. Since then I have been back to tell you more about the Clarke household, and I plan to take you back in time today to give you some further insight.
Don’t get too excited, as this isn’t Back to the Future and Marty McFly and Doc Brown are not going to be taking us on a journey back through time (the kids prefer the third film, and I think Marty’s cowboy costume may have something to do with it!). But the story I am about to take you on does require that we go back in time to a certain degree…
Image sourced from Bryn Pinzgauer on Flickr
Now, you may remember that I mentioned in my previous blog article Snow teaches Mrs Energy Saving new tips that the Clarke household were the proud owners of some wonderful loft insulation and that it was vital to us maintaining a warm home. With all the cold weather we had this long winter it was extremely useful. But what I forgot to mention was just how we came to have this fabulous energy saving accessory.
So let’s rewind the clocks and start from the beginning. I am naturally mindful about being eco-friendly and energy savings, and I suppose I have to be in order to work where I do, but I was beginning to notice more drafts in the Clarke household than was acceptable. And with it I was noticing the family and I had to wear more layers and that this was leading to more clothes going in the wash. Needless to say, the energy saving alarm in my head was going off and the blue lights were flashing.
I knew enough about drafts in the house to guess that this was not good for our monthly budget, not good for keeping our family toasty and not good for the environment. This was a couple of years ago now, but I mentioned a clue in my previous article mentioned above. It had snowed, again, and the kids were playing outside and had built a snowman that looked like it may be wearing my favourite earrings. I went out and retrieved said jewellery and then halted when I turned back toward the house.
What had caught my attention? The roof, or to be more specific, it was the fact that most of the snow on the top of our house had melted and that this was not the case with our neighbours’ houses. I knew this was something I should look into, and it turned out this was a sign of heating escaping from our house and melting the snow. I investigated further and began to realise just what problems this was causing: we were wasting money by losing heat, our home’s energy rating was plummeting, we were not getting warm, and we were just another family adding to carbon emissions.
Image sourced on Flickr from zeze57
What next? Some tough decisions were made in the Clarke household, but they were important ones. I knew about getting cavity wall insulation thanks to my work, but I also knew this would cost a bit of money because we would not qualify for free insulation. But, when the husband and I sat down and looked at how much it would cost, how much we could expect to save in a year (approximately £135 a year) and that it would actually pay for itself in 1-2 years, we knew we had to go for it.
And, I am surprised to say, it wasn’t even that much hassle. The professional installer was round our house working away for about three hours and didn’t leave any mess for me to clear up! It’s all very clever too. They drill small holes into the wall and fill it with their nifty material. Now there are no cold drafts in the Clarke household, the husband and I are saving money year on year, and I have hidden my favourite earrings so the kids can’t get to them.
I hope this gives you some insight into cavity wall insulation and how this can make a real difference to the warmth and energy savings of your household.