Tank & Pipe Insulation
The longer that you can keep your hot water hot, the less you have to heat it and therefore the less you spend and the less CO2 you produce.
Insulating your hot water tank with a jacket is one of the most effective ways to save money and energy!
How it works?
The hot water stored in your tank will cool over time and then you will need to re-heat this to ensure that you have hot water for washing and heating. If you do not have a jacket on your tank it will cool much faster and therefore require much more heating.
The recommended jacket should be at least 75mm (3 inch) thick and this will reduce heat loss by over 75%!
The same principle applies for the pipe work around the boiler and tank. You don’t want the heat to escape where it is not needed or you will need to heat more.
You can fit a jacket to your water tank very easily, as you can to pipes. In some cases pipe work might be hard to reach so you may need to get some professional assistance.
Cost and Maintenance
A jacket should cost £15 and the insulation for the pipes will cost in the region of £10.
If you require professional assistance to fit the insulation this will add to the cost.
By adding a new 75mm where there was none before will save £35 per year. This give you a payback in 6 months!
For pipe work the savings are around £10 per year which give a payback in approximately a year.
You would save in the region of 200Kg of CO2 per year too!
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- Double glazing has two layers of glass with a gap of around 16mm between them. There's also the option of triple glazing, which has three layers of glass. Both A rated double and tripled-glazed windows are available. Double glazing is usually a cost effective home improvement, but triple glazing can be less worthwhile financially, however it will make your home that much more comfortable temperature-wise.
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- Can fitting double glazing cause condensation?
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- Do replacement windows need to comply with building regulations?
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