Once you have carried out your surveys and have identified those homes or buildings which need improved insulation you can: help signpost people; share quick wins; come together as a community to carry out quick DIYs fixes or look to set up a Community Bulk Buy for insulation materials.

Grants to help insulate and make a property more energy efficient are available if they are a home owner or private tenant and the total gross income (from all sources) of everyone in the property is under £30,000. Landlords whose tenants qualify for support can receive up to two-thirds subsidy of costs for improvement work.

The biggest difference can be made improving the least energy efficient properties so they particularly want to hear from people if their home has an EPC rating of D, E, F or G.

Please visit Warm Homes for further information.

  1. Close the doors of rooms you don’t use.
  2. Close curtains and blinds at dusk, even in rooms you’re not using.
  3. If you have long curtains over a radiator, tuck the curtains behind the radiator (so as not to heat the window) or shorten the curtains.
  4. Put foil behind your radiators to reflect the heat back into the room.
  5. Prevent draughts through letter boxes by fitting a cover/brush and through keyholes by fitting a keyhole cover.
  6. Make a home made door stop draught excluder.
    1. Hang a curtain over your door.
    2. Hang thermal liners to your curtains.
    3. Flush out radiators that aren’t working properly.
    4. Draught proof your door by fitting draught seals.
    5. If you have a cat flap, you can fit insulation or a blanket flap.
    6. Put lagging on hot water tanks and water pipes.
    7. Upgrade windows with secondary glazing film that tightens over the pane when heated with a hairdryer.
    8. Install magnetic-strip secondary glazing.
    9. Insulate your loft hatch.
    10. Insulate your loft or top up the existing insulation. It should be a minimum 270mm.
      1. Upgrade your windows to double or triple glazing.
      2. Install or top up cavity wall insulation.
      3. Install solid wall insulation if your property was built before the 1920s.

Air needs to flow in and out of a house so it stays fresh, dry and healthy. Make sure people don’t block or seal any intentional ventilation, including:

  • Extractor fans – these take out damp air quickly in rooms where lots of moisture is produced (for example, kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms).
  • Underfloor grilles or airbricks – these help keep wooden beams and floors dry.
  • Wall vents – which let small amounts of fresh air into rooms.
  • Trickle vents – modern windows often have small vents above them to let fresh air trickle in.

If people are thinking about improving the energy efficiency of their home, how to save on utility bills and become greener – Groundwork East are offering free impartial advice to help them make the right choices for improving your home.

They are able to offer householders free advice over the phone and/or email about renewable energy installations- solar, heat pumps or improving insulation, glazing, heating controls and other changes, tailored to your type of property.  Please complete this short survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VDCK2LT so they can help or call them on 01473 350370.

Householder Energy Advice Leaflet

Bulk buying refers to the purchase of multiple quantities of product in exchange for a lower price per unit.

Benefits

  • Buying efficiency
  • Cheaper pricing
  • Buying according to demand
  • Discounts
  • Recurring delivery
  • Minimises environmental impact on packaging and transporting goods in bulk
  • Increases buying power

Guide for community buying groups

Further Resources

Please see below for a selection of videos giving practical advice on DIY draughtproofing.

The videos below give advice on installing loft installtion.

Please note that the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership does not endorse any product(s) shown in the Youtube videos. All products must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

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