2 reasons to insulate your home

If there's one surefire way to improve the comfort and enjoyment of your home, it's insulation. Good quality varieties and effective installation can ensure that your home is an enjoyable place to spend your days at all times of the year, from the coldest days in winter to the most scorching temperatures in summer.

However, according to the Australian National Audit Office, only 60 per cent of Australian homes were thought to be insulated back in 2010 - and the Victorian government estimates that 40 per cent of homes in Victoria have insufficient insulation in place.

From energy efficiency and savings, to comfort, here are two top reasons why you should consider insulating your house. 

1. Energy-efficiency

The single biggest drawcard of insulation is energy efficiency. While households nationwide stress over the cost of electricity prices, particularly during the cooler months, the culprit behind your bill-shock 

Think about it this way: The Victorian government estimates that you could save up to 45 per cent on your total energy bill for the year by putting in insulating materials. woes could be a lack of proper insulation in the walls, floors and ceilings. Even the most energy-efficient aspects of your home, like energy star-rated heating and cooling systems and double-glazed windows, will not work as they're supposed to without proper insulation. 

Want to make your home more cosy? Insulation is the way to go.

2. Heat control

With sufficient insulation, the walls, ceiling and floors prevent heat loss during winter and keep your home cool and comfortable during summer. Without it, your home leaks precious warm air and can develop issues with dampness and condensation, as well as hazardous mould. It naturally seeks to fill spaces with cooler air, rising to the top of your home. 

To control the spread the warmth, make a start on the ceilings and walls first. The roof cavity can lose around 25-35 per cent of your home's heat during winter, according to the Department of Industry and Science, while walls can see a lose of approximately 15-25 per cent.With that in mind, by reducing heat flow in a properly insulated building, you can more effectively control the energy used to heat and cool it - and ultimately, cut down on the balance you owe to electricity and gas suppliers.

Whichever way you look at it, insulation is key to enjoying your home all year round. If you're looking to become more comfortable with your utility bills, it could be time to get in touch with the experts at Make It Cheaper. Armed with a few details about your electricity use, our experts will compare electricity deals to come to the best option for you. 

Posted by Nikki Wilson-Everett