It turns out the UK has some of the worst-insulated homes in Europe and this blog will explain why that is the case and what you can do about it.
Why UK homes are so cold compared to Europe
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What makes UK properties so chilly?
Existing research points to considerable in homes from different European countries. Unsurprisingly, the UK has the highest home temperature loss, which is largely down to 37% of homes being built before 1946. This finding has implications for a concerning lack of adequate insulation measures.
Tado, a home climate management company, has analysed home heat loss across Europe and found out that on average, British homes lose 3°C every five hours.
On the flip side, countries like Germany and Norway only lose around 1°C every five hours, which means that home heat loss in the UK is happening three times faster.
The cost of cold living, and how to warm up to existing solutions
Beyond the discomfort, there’s a substantial economic toll associated with poorly insulated homes. Residents struggle with higher heating bills, and the nation faces increased energy demand, placing additional strain on resources.
Long-term solutions to this concern would include upgrading windows and doors by sealing existing gaps to prevent the cold air from entering, while preserving the warmth. Installing thermostats and upgrading existing boilers are other solutions that allows residents to regulate their energy usage while maintaining a comfortable temperature at home.
In comparison, cavity wall and loft insulation are popular and effective solutions that can be simpler, more cost-effective and long-lasting. Around 25% of heat lost will escape through an uninsulated loft, and 35% of it will escape through the walls. By insulating the loft and cavity walls of a detached house, you could save hundreds of pounds on your energy bills each year.