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| INSULATION| Don’t be draught Minimising the amount of cold air that comes into your home can save on heating bills O ne of the simplest and most cost effective ways of saving energy is draught-proofing. Just ask your grandparents. All draughts let in cold air, meaning the temperature TOP TIP: in your home will drop considerably. USE TACKAll you need to do is block any unwanted gaps ON SPRUNG so the cold air can’t get in. Windows, doors and METAL OR loft hatches are the main culprits, but look out PLASTIC STRIPS for gaps in electrical fittings on walls, pipes that ON SIDES OF go outside and ceiling to wall joints. DOORS Sarah says... MIND THE GAP Draught excluders can help prevent heat escaping underneath exterior doors, windows and other gaps and they are simple and low-tech to install. They can also cut household heat loss by up to 25% in winter, which will save you money. If you can see light around a door or window, or hear whistling, it means air is getting in or out. To find less obvious leaks, hold a wet hand in front of doors, windows and other openings – you will be able to feel the draught on your wet hand. Window panes cause up to 20% of heat loss in winter, so make sure you cover your windows with thick curtains. MAKE MINE A DOUBLE ‘I have used Therma eece in my loft spaces at Rise Hall. It is a form of insulation made from British sheep’s wool. It’s like a heavy duvet which would be perfect in the snowiest of winters.’ Double glazed windows have many benefits, from cutting out street and traffic noise, to stopping heat escaping from your home. Although installing double glazed windows may appear expensive at first, you should end up saving around £100 a year on your heating bills as a result. Double glazing works by trapping air between two panes of glass and creating an insulating barrier. The most common benefit of installing this type of glazing is that it reduces heat loss, but better security, fewer maintenance needs and a decrease in noise levels and condensation are also huge advantages. There are many different options involved with double glazing your home and costs can vary hugely depending on the type of windows and doors you choose and any deals you may be offered. Average costs are in the region of £4,000, but this investment will cut your heating costs and add value to your home. If you decide to go ahead with having double glazing, make sure your windows are fitted by a FENSA (fenestration self-assessment) registered company. It is also worth looking into lowemissivity (Low-E) glass, which has a virtually invisible, ultra-thin coating on one side. When it is used to form the inner pane of the double glazing unit, it reflects heat back into the building and also allows the sun’s energy to pass into the room. This makes Low-E glass as energy-efficient as triple glazing, but without the 50% weight increase and the extra thickness that comes with triple glazing. ✱ 182 | DECEMBER 2011 WORDS: GEORGINA MARIC | PHOTOGRAPHS: GETTY IMAGES

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Sarah Beeny - December 2011

EDITOR’S LETTER
HELLO FROM SARAH
NEWS
MAKE IT A DATE
FESTIVE FOCUS
HOME COMFORTS
LIGHT FANTASTIC
PASTE IT UP
SARAH'S WORLD
VILLAGE REVAMP
TO LET OR NOT TO LET?
KEYS TO THE DOOR
QUEEN OF THE CASTLE
HOT PROPERTY
GREAT SCOTS
TRICKS OF THE TRADE
LODGE LIFE
VICTORIAN SPLENDOUR
FINISHING TOUCH
BEST OF THE BRIGHTS
STORE IN STYLE
BOUDOIR BEAUTIFUL
SHAKE IT UP!
FINE DINER
WHAT’S COOKING?
TOPS TOTTY
SPLASHING STUFF
NIGHT ON THE TILES
GADGETS GALORE
OPEN UP
TOTALLY FLOORED
MAT FINISH
COSY CARPETS
HOT STUFF
THE TEMPERATURE’S RISING
RADIATE THIS
FLAMING GREAT
BURN BABY BURN
DREAM HOME
GOING LARGE
SLIDING AWAY
KEEP IT IN
DRAUGHT EXCLUSIVE
DON’T BLAME THE TOOLS
GOING SOFT
ECO EXCELLENCE
WASTE NOT
BRIGHT SPARK
SUN SCREEN
STREET VIEW
BLOOMING BRILLIANT
GARDEN INVADER
GLITTERING BUYS
COMING SOON
SARAH SAYS
MANSION MARVEL
LAST WORD
STOCKISTS
PERFECT PROPERTIES

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