Personally we did apply and were successful in receiving a grant for draught proofing but as with everything, the doors became so tight that one of them fell of its hinges which caused us to need to do other repairs. The loft insulation was not completed on the grant because we have loft hatches that are too small for the rolls of material. Secondly, our ceilings are made of lathe and plaster ( a very old way of doing ceilings) and letting the workmen loose on it could have just given us another opening to the roof as lathe and plaster can crumble. So that work is on hold until we can get hold of a local craftsman who can carefully deal with the 16th century plasterwork.
Don't let that put you off,if you live in a more modern house, it will be a piece of cake.
Insulation can be considered in the following areas :
- Loft insulation: Prevents 15% of heat lost through the roof.
- Tank and pipe insulation: A hot water cylinder jacket of at least 75mm cuts heat loss by 75%.
- Cavity/solid wall insulation: About 30% of heat lost through walls. Homes built after 1920 - with cavity walls - can be injected with insulating material. Older houses with solid walls can be fitted with an extra layer.
- Double-glazing: Can cut heat loss by about 50%. The two panes of glass create an insulating barrier.
- Draught-proofing: About 20% of heat lost through poor ventilation and draughts. Measures include fitting brushes to letterboxes. Source: Energy Saving Trust
When we visited Thomas Hardy's cottage in Dorset some time ago, we were reminded that small cottages were inhabited by many people who heated one room and spent the majority of their time, wrapped up in front of the fire.
I will let you know how we cope with the cold as it creeps in over the next few months.