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19 Jun 2008 02:06:14

Insulation: Cosy and practical

Insulation: Cosy and practical
Refurbishing an existing property can make a house more energy efficient than new builds, it has been claimed.

Householders looking to lead a low carbon lifestyle may be able to follow the example of television producer Philippe and wife Leela Bassett, who transformed their 1960s property into an eco home, the Telegraph reports.

The couple installed insulation, using a system called Bolix, as well as under-floor heating in the kitchen and bathrooms. They switched to double glazing and improved their energy performance rating to a B on the A to G scale.

"We believe everyone should do what they can to save energy," said Mr Bassett.

"At the very least, this kind of refurbishment can show how much money people can save on their fuel bills."

The pair is following the advice of the Exiting Homes Alliance, which aims to promote the environmental improvement of existing housing stock in the UK, as opposed to building new houses in order to meet the UK's target of cutting carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

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