Colder weather means spending more money to keep warm at home. It becomes a fact of life for most of us that as the temperatures in Fife drop to sub-zero during the winter, we are faced with some hefty heating bills. One of the best ways to improve energy efficiency and cut your bills is to ensure your home is insulated properly – particularly on your external windows and doors.
Insulation for the Cold Weather
The main ways you can insulate your home include:
- Roof and Loft Insulation
- Cavity Walls
- Solid Walls
- Insulating Tanks
- Floor Insulation and Heating
- Damp and Condensation Management
Many homes in Fife were built before modern regulations demanded that buildings be adequately insulated. For example, it wasn’t until the 1980s that all homes started being made with insulated cavity walls as standard. Unless you live in a recently built home, it is likely that it will lack appropriately insulated walls that can beat the Scottish winter.
Aside from walls, an easy way to significantly improve insulation in your home is to cut out draughts from windows and doors. Old sash windows may fit in with the image of your Fife home, but unfortunately, they aren’t very practical when it comes to facing Scottish winters. Modern replacement windows will still look the part, but offer updated features that prevent draughts from entering the room.
Bay windows can also be retrofitted onto almost any home, and are made-to-measure. This style of windows features prominently in the architecture of Fife and Southeast Scotland, and that’s why we offer our customers contemporary designs that match traditional styles. We can easily provide a design that meets your needs, coming in a variety of colours that include white, rosewood, oak, grey, and black, and finished with a hardwood timber surround.
Energy Saving Tips
Improving insulation is just one way you can reduce your energy bills. However, there are a few other things you can do to see your bills go down. Here are our top three recommendations:
- Close curtains at dusk, this will reduce cold air from getting through the windows. No natural light can enter a room after dark, so you should close the curtains as soon as night falls. Installing PVCu windows will also significantly exclude the draught.
- Install energy-efficient light bulbs in all light fittings and lamps, and switch off when not in use. Using the latest lightbulbs in five of your home’s most frequently used fixtures should save you around £50 each year, whilst LEDs can save you anywhere up to £250.
- Setting the thermostat to the optimum temperature and using modern heating controls. The Energy Savings Trust reports that by turning a room thermostat down by just one degree Celsius, this can save you around £80 per year. Installing a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves can also save an estimated £75 per year.
Visit SRJ Windows – Online, on the phone and in person
Our showroom is open every day, and you can visit us 9am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 4pm on Saturdays, or 11am to 4pm on Sundays.
Come and visit SRJ Windows at Macintosh House, Innova Campus, Viking Way, Rosyth, Near Dunfermline, KY11 2UU. If you have any specific queries, please call ahead on 01383 851 951 so that one of our advisers can arrange to meet with you. You can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.