Cavity Wall Insulation can save an average house up to £210 a year

The average household loses up to 35% of heat is lost through their walls. The solution? Cavity Wall Insulation.

Cavity Wall Insulation is one of the most common methods of insulating the home. Since 1985 cavity walls were commonly insulated when the house was built, however any homes built before this date may have partially insulated or uninsulated cavities. This means that up to 35% of the heat in your home is being lost through your walls.
It is a relatively quick and free* measure to install, meaning it has a very quick payback time (the time it takes for the savings in your energy bills to effectively pay for the measure itself)

A properly insulated cavity can save an average house up to £210 a year!

Already have Cavity Wall insulation?
Unfortunately, due to a combination of factors including rogue installers, there are many properties in the UK that have cavity wall insulation installed that were unsuitable for the measure. This has led to a number of problems across the country, including damp and condensation.
Thankfully you don’t have to just live with this forever – insulation can be extracted from the wall, and if necessary a more suitable material installed.

The Problem
Wind and driving rain against exposed brickwork can damage bricks, or more commonly, the pointing, allowing water through the wall and into the cavity. Some of the materials used in the past, particularly anything fibre-based, can absorb and hold this water, allowing it to cross the cavity to the inner walls of the home, causing damp problems.

The Solution
Extracting the cavity wall insulation is a quick, clean process, completed from the outside of the property. Compressed air is blown into the wall through drill holes, and the insulation is removed via strategically removed bricks at the bottom of the wall. Once the process is completed, the brickwork is repaired.

Replacing the Insulation
If you have a suitable cavity, and the issue was simply the material, then the cavity can be refilled with a more suitable material. In all cases, we use an oil-based, waterproof expanded polystyrene bead, which is bonded together with glue as it is pumped into the wall. This means that any water that does make its way into the cavity via cracks in the brickwork or pointing cannot bridge the cavity, and simply drains through the natural gaps in the insulation to the bottom of the cavity and into the ground, as intended.
All of our cavity wall insulation comes with a 25 year, insurance-backed guarantee.

Thrift Energy use only bonded bead
For cavity wall installations, Thrift Energy uses an oil-based, waterproof polystyrene bead, which is bonded with a glue when being injected into the cavity. This creates a material that is solid, yet has gaps for any water that may get into the cavity to drain down to the bottom of the cavity as was intended, rather than being transferred across to the internal walls. We have completed thousands of cavity wall installations with our bonded bead without any complaints of damp.

All of our installations come with a 25 year, insurance-backed guarantee.

With around 35% of all heat loss occurring through the walls, a properly insulated cavity can save an average house up to £210 a year!

Cavity Wall Insulation – how it works

• Make your enquiry by filling in our enquiry form or calling 0800 689 3415
• One of our team will arrange a time for one of our energy efficiency experts to come and complete a home survey
• Once completed, if your home is suitable then we can arrange a time for an installation time to come and install the cavity wall insulation
• On the day of installation, the team will arrive, and they will begin the process by drilling carefully selected holes into the cavity, through which they will inject the bonded bead
• Upon finishing, the drill holes are carefully repaired
• Following installation, your 25 year, insurance-backed warranty will arrive in the post
• Enjoy your toasty home and start saving money!

Arrange Cavity Wall Extraction and Refill
If you suspect your Cavity Wall Insulation is not up to scratch, call us to arrange a FREE home survey so that we can access your current CWI and, if necessary, arrange an extraction and refill.

Contact us on 0800 689 3415 or email info@thriftenergy.uk

Don’t be spooked by your energy bills!

The clocks go back this Sunday 28th October which means an extra hour in bed; but it also means colder days, darker nights and potentially a high electricity bill. UK households pay around £3.4 billion each year and the biggest offenders of appliance costs include fridge freezers, electric hobs, and tumble dryers, whilst lighting your home accounts for 18% of your total bill.
This Halloween, we’re saying don’t be spooked, be savvy. Simple switches, such as choosing appliances with high energy efficiency ratings can mean big savings. Follow these tips to cut your electricity cost this winter:

Insulate your home

Insulation is a key measure to improve energy-efficiency in your home. Ofgem state that insulation can ‘reduce your energy bills’.
There are many different insulation types, such as:
• Cavity Wall Insulation
• Loft Insulation
• Solid Wall Insulation
• Room-In-Roof

Thrift Energy only employ trusted and accredited installers that are experienced in fitting all of these measures to a high standard with minimal fuss.
You may be eligible for free funding under ECO guidelines, or there are other gran funding options available also. Contact us on 0800 689 3415 or apply online LINK to check your eligibility and book a FREE home survey.

Home Energy checks

Home energy checks are important too, to assess additional improvements that will help you efficiently heat your home whilst keeping down costs.
Thrift Energy offer FREE home surveys to determine eligibility and find the best solution for you.

Contact us on 0800 689 3415 or apply online https://www.thriftenergy.co.uk/contact-us/ to check your eligibility and book a FREE home survey.

Upgrade or Replace your boiler

Heating your home accounts for around 55% of energy use – upgrading your current gas boiler to a new, energy efficient condensing boiler could save as much as £310 a year in energy bills.
Thrift has a team of experienced heating installers, who can install a new boiler with the minimum of fuss, making your home warmer and more energy efficient all in one go!
We have experience with gas, oil and LPG boilers, so whatever your needs are, give us a call to see if we can help.

Avoid Scary Standby

Do not leave appliances on standby if you want to save. Whilst this is unavoidable for some home appliances such as your fridge freezer, where possible you should switch appliances off completely by the plug socket. Leaving equipment on standby can cost you £30 per year – a lot when you’re not using it!

Stop taps

Fill a bowl once when you wash-up to save £25 a year in energy bill, plus it keeps your hands warm, plus you’ll hear Trick or Treaters if you’re not running the taps!

Draught Excluders

The eerie chill of Halloween is upon us, the chill is about to nip at your ankles and prevent your home from staying warm – be one step-ahead and scare the cold away by finding a simple draught excluder. They’re usually in the form of a long pillow, you’re sure to be able to find themed ones for your Halloween bash!

Light up your life with LEDS

Light is less scary than the dark, but wouldn’t it be good to cut back costs? Well you can! Just replaced your regular bulbs with LEDs, to save about £35 a year on bills*.

Curtain Call
When the dusk sets in, make sure you close your curtains…not only will it keep you cosy in your Halloween hideaway, it also prevents heat from escaping through the windows making your home warm too.

Have a wonderful and very warm Halloween. Sp00k to you sooooon…

Only 3 days until Beth Raffo climbs Kilimanjaro in aid of Smile for Life sponsored by Thrift Energy

A few months ago, Thrift Energy donated £1,130 to support our Sales Director Josh Raffo’s sister Beth Raffo on her brave and exciting climb up Kilimanjaro. Now, the big climb is only 3 days away and we have caught up with Beth to find out more about her expedition, what will happen on her journey and how she is feeling.
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and even scarier it is the highest freestanding mountain in the world! Made up of 3 volcanoes; two of them are dormant but one could still erupt. But how is Beth feeling? Well, she is feeling very excited!

An avid exerciser, Beth keeps herself fit attending the gym around 5 times a week and is also no stranger to charity having ran the Great North Run twice, completed 6 Race for Life’s and partaking in this year’s Pretty Muddy.

Climbing Kilimanjaro will be Beth’s biggest mission so far, so what prompted Beth to take on this incredible challenge? Beth explains that she took part in a 24-48 hour walk through the Lake District that involved a series of challenges including an 800 metre climb up Fairfield Peak, “after that, I had the bug” says Beth.

A worthy cause

Beth participated in the challenge to save money for local Children’s charity Smile for Life, which assists disabled and disadvantaged kids in the North East of England. Since then she has continued to raise money for the cause and when the opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro came up, she jumped at the chance.
“I have seen the difference this charity makes, supporting kids and allowing them to just be kids” explains Beth. Smile for Life’s vision is to put a smile on the face of every disabled and disadvantaged child. Empowering children and young people to achieve their potential to live a full and happy life.
Thanks to the support of people like Beth, Smile For Life can continue to enhance the life experience of disabled and disadvantaged children, giving them opportunity to smile.
“Smile For Life makes a real difference to the young people, taking them on days out at the beach and other fun places, things they couldn’t do without special help or funding. They also get work experience doing up gardens and working in the coffee shop so that they can learn what it’s like to have a real job”.
To prepare for the climb, Beth has continued to take part in walks around the Lake District with her fellow fundraisers and kept herself fit at the gym. Now her bags are all packed and she is eager to go on this “bucket list” trip to raise money for a wonderful cause.

The climb

So what will this grueling yet thrilling endeavor entail? It will begin with flying from Newcastle to London then Ethiopia and finally Tanzania, where the group will take a day to adjust to the vastly different climate and prepare for the climb which will take around 5-6 days.
During this climb they will stop at various camps called “gates” to eat and rest. Before reaching the top, the group must wake up in the middle of the night to journey to the peak of the mountain so that they can witness it during sunrise. Once reaching the top of Kilimanjaro they will only actually be allowed to stay there for 15 minutes due to the lack of oxygen, so they will have a short period of time to take in the magnificent views and wave the Thrift Energy flag. They will then go to a nearby camp to rest and begin the journey back down the next morning. Once they reach the bottom, they will enjoy a celebration of their return including food and a traditional African dance.

Although it will be a beautiful and breathtaking experience, it will not be an easy one. So far Beth has raised £3760 for this worthy cause but her Just Giving page will remain open during her trip. Although Beth has surpassed her target for donations, this amazing cause can use every penny it gets.

Donations

If you would like to donate via text message. Text 70070 and type BRMK50 then your amount £1 to £5 and make sure to include the £ sign.

Alternatively click the following link:
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/beth-raffo2

Thrift Energy is shortlisted for Prestigious Regional Award

We are delighted to be finalists for the upcoming East of England Regional Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards 2017. The award ceremony, held Wednesday, 21st June 2017 at the Hilton Stansted, will further cement our standing as a leading Energy Savings provider.

Nominated under the award category of Regional Insulation & Fabric Installer of the Year, this acknowledges our contribution to the energy sector by demonstrating our high standard of quality workmanship, as well as excellent practice within our local community. Having won this award in 2016, we are proud to continue our efforts in providing excellent customer service to the UK.

As one of the leading Green Deal and ECO installers nationwide, at Thrift Energy we provide a wide range of energy-saving services and installations, helping to save our customers a total of £762,000 so far in 2017.

To learn more about our heating and insulation products and services, visit here: http://www.thriftenergy.co.uk/our-services/

Additionally, you can find out more about the Regional Insulation & Fabric Installer of the Year award 2017 by following the link: http://energyefficiencyawards.co.uk/index.php?page=10&award=55

We look forward to updating you all with the final results.

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