Rocketing energy prices look set to be a fact of life for the foreseeable future. Fortunately there's a solution. By fully insulating your home you can make big savings - whilst benefiting from more warmth and comfort. Fixing the leaks that waste valuable heat will transform the energy performance of your home, saving money and boosting its saleability and EPC rating. But there's a right way and a wrong way to insulate. The Haynes Home Insulation Manual explains the correct way to upgrade every part of your property. Packed with detailed step-by-step photo features, it covers everything from simple measures that anyone can tackle through to major refurbishment works. Each project comes with a useful 'hammer rating' showing the required skill levels - plus a guide to how quickly costs will be paid back from savings in bills. The Home Insulation Manual shows how to upgrade all types of walls, roofs, floors, windows and doors. So now there's nothing to stop you slashing your energy bills!
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.
The 2012 Green Deal: reliable information on how it will affect you (the Government claims that nearly every home in the UK could benefit from energy-efficiency improvements and so will be loaning up to GBP10,000 per home). Identifying the age and type of your house. Different insulation options for your home. Walls: cavity walls, timber frame, period houses, internal lining and external cladding. Floors: solid floors, beam and block floors, suspended timber floors and maintaining ventilation. Roofs: insulating lofts or rafters, and upgrading flat roofs. Windows: options including replacement, secondary glazing and overhaul. How to install and maintain energy-efficient pipes and tanks. Further advice on planning and building control. Of equal use for homeowners and Green Deal contractors, and features plenty of step-by-step instructions.