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!

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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.

Installation

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.

Benefits

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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FAQs

How energy efficient are replacement windows?
When choosing replacement windows, you can check its energy efficiency by looking at the BFRC energy label. The higher the energy rating, the more energy efficient it is. At the moment there is no obligation for window manufacturers to label their products, however by opting for a high rated window you know you will be buying the most efficient window.
How many layers of glass should glazing ideally have?
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.
What's between the two panes of glass in double glazing?
Very efficient windows might use gases like argon, xenon or krypton in the gap between the 2 sheets of glass.
Which window frame type would suit my home?
The frame you choose will depend on your home's style and your personal taste, as well as any planning restrictions in your area. The popular material types are; uPVC, wood, aluminium, steel or composite frames.
Do replacement windows need to comply with building regulations?
Yes, except where there are restrictions that prevent you doing so, such as planning restrictions. Before you do any work, make sure you check with your local planning office, particularly if you live in a conservation area, have an Article 4 direction on your property or have a listed building.
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