Energy Advice Guides for Householders
Support with rising living costs
With increasing energy bills and rising living costs, there’s never been a better time to look at ways to save energy and money. Read this supplement to our Saving Energy and Money Guide, with all the latest help, advice and support available for householders in Cornwall.
Priority Services Register
All utility companies, including gas and electricity suppliers, are obliged to offer a range of FREE services and additional benefits to support their most vulnerable customers. The free services listed in this guide are available to all mains gas, electricity, and water customers who meet the eligibility criteria. For further information, visit National Grid.
Every property needs to have a certain level of ventilation to let fresh air in and reduce condensation and mould, but gaps in the wrong places can lead to cold draughts and heat loss. To draught proof your home you should block up unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out. Keeping the warmth in means you’ll use less energy to heat your home, so you’ll save money while enjoying a cosier home.This simple guide looks at DIY solutions for the most common causes of draughts in the home.
Without loft insulation as much as a quarter of the heat you pay for could be escaping through the roof. Loft insulation is one of the most effective ways of achieving a warmer home which is cheaper to run and more energy efficient. This guide includes advice on installation; typical costs; preventing condensation; protecting pipes and tanks; and advice on spray foam insulation.
Room in roof insulation
Up to 25% of the heat in your home can be lost through the roof, so if you use your loft as a living space, or plan to convert the loft space into a room, then it is important to insulate between the rafters in the ceiling and the timbers in any stud walls in the roof space to help keep your energy bills low. Room in roof insulation will keep the room warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer when the sun shines directly onto the roof.