We spend a lot of time indoors, especially during those hot Australian summers and cold winters. When air-conditioners and heaters are working overtime to keep us comfortable, our electricity bills can end up being very expensive. Adding insulation to new or existing buildings can help control temperature, noise levels, reduce household running costs and greenhouse emissions. In fact, installing appropriate insulation can save households up to 30% per annum on their electricity bills! That’s a pretty big savings!
Installing insulation in the ceiling reduces heat gain and loss, providing more comfort and less reliance on heating and cooling appliances. Without insulation, in a temperate climate, 25-35% of heat can be lost through the ceiling during winter and 25-35% of heat can be gained through the ceiling during summer.
There is no denying that the benefits are huge – and the good news is that insulation is relatively inexpensive, accounting for less than 1% of a home construction cost. Plus, the money spent on installing insulation could be recouped within 3-5 years through reduced energy bills, and this payback will improve as energy costs rise over time.
As with any investment to your home, it is important to seek advice from a reputable supplier and installer to ensure that the most appropriate insulation is chosen for your home and that it is installed correctly, in accordance to Australian standards.