Landlords urged to install cavity wall insulation

Posted: 02 Oct 2008 16:47:41 GMT

            Property News - Landlords urged to install cavity wall insulation

An energy efficiency expert has called on landlords to install cavity wall insulation.

With the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) from the beginning of this month for all house sellers and landlords, Mike Malina stressed the importance of improving energy efficiency.

He explained that those looking to reduce energy bills in their homes and improve their EPC rating would be better served installing cavity wall insulation than expensive double glazed windows.

"There is a myth about this; it's a cosmetic thing," he said. "If your windows are in drastic need of replacement then fine, you should invest in it.

"But to go out and change your windows if they're sound is not a good idea because there are a lot of better things you can do first that you can get a much better financial return on."

Mr Malina also recommended that property owners consider draft stripping and thermostatic radio valves (individual controls for radiators) in order to improve energy efficiency without breaking the bank.

According to the department of Communities and Local Government, the average existing home in the UK emits 1.6 tonnes of carbon per year, nearly twice as much as the average new build home (0.9 tonnes).

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