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26 November 2014
 
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Home Insulation Manual Home Insulation Manual

How To Cut Energy Bills and Make Your Home Warm and Comfortable

by Ian Rock

£14.99

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The Home Insulation Manual - subtitled "How To Cut Energy Bills and Make Your Home Warm and Comfortable" - covers a subject that the appalling weather of recent winters has brought sharply into focus.

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Thermal imaging depicts heat loss at night; the greater area and brightness of 'warm' colours the greater the heat loss. To see this house, once insulated, mouse over the image.


UK households could save an average £220 every year on their energy bills, a total nationwide annual saving of £5.9bn, by improving their insulation.
Home Insulation Manual

Kooltherm K17 insulated plasterboard being fixed on gypsum adhesive dabs.

Ian Rock, author of the Home Insulation Manual, bases this calculation on official Department of Energy and Climate Change and Energy Saving Trust. Insulating all currently un-insulated walls and lofts in Britain’s existing housing stock would yield substantial savings.

Energy prices have rocketed by up to 50% since September 2010, and look set to continue rising for the foreseeable future. But rather than passively relying on ‘top down’ schemes such as the Green Deal, enormous numbers of UK households have DIY capabilities - and with the right guidance should be able to carry out a wide range of thermal improvement works.

But there?s a right way and a wrong way to insulate. What?s right for one type of property can be positively damaging for another. And until now much of the available information has either been highly sales-driven, bafflingly complex, or just plain wrong.

The Home Insulation Manual is the first book to contain comprehensive step-by-step guidance for treating all types of walls, roofs, floors, windows and doors - and each project comes with a Haynes ?hammer rating? showing the required skill levels.

Mobilising Britain?s DIY armies is the key to making millions of homes energy efficient and cheaper to run. And by cutting the cost of labour and contractors? profit margins, payback periods can be dramatically shortened.

As OFGEM prepare to levy substantial fines on several of the ?Big 6? energy companies for missing CESP insulation targets, Ian Rock says ?there is a strong case that these resources might be better spent arming millions of homeowners and tenants with practical advice on how to cut their fuel bills?.

The Home Insulation Manual is a good place to start.
Author: Ian Rock is accredited by RICS (the chartered surveyors’ professional body) and is involved with the development of the Green Deal. He has previously authored seven Haynes manuals, including the Victorian House Manual, the Home Extension Manual and Build Your Own House.
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