Fitting insulation to your pipes will help keep water hot and will prevent the pipes from freezing or bursting in cold weather.
Lagging your pipes can reduce heat loss by up to 75% and can help cut down carbon dioxide emissions by around 70 kilograms each year and alongside other home insulation methods such cavity wall insulation and loft insulation will significantly reduce energy costs.
The cost of the materials should only be around £10 and can be bought at all good DIY stores or builder’s merchants. You can save around £5 – 10 a year on your energy bills by insulating pipes, so the initial outlay can be recovered in as little as a year or two.
It isn’t necessary to insulate the pipes in the living area of the home as there is enough heat generated there to keep them warm. It is important however, to insulate the pipes in the coldest places in your home, such as the loft. If these are left without protection, there’s a good chance they could freeze up and burst during particularly cold spells, doing severe damage to your home.
If at all possible, all pipes should be insulated – cold water pipes to prevent freezing in winter and hot water pipes to avoid heat loss and conserve energy.
Fitting pipe insulation is a relatively simple task although you may need professional help to fit it around the more awkward to reach places.
There are several different types of insulation material available. The easiest to fit is the foam tubing type, which slips over the piping and is then taped securely. Always choose insulation with a thickness of at least 20mm.