Residents can save on their electricity bills this winter by insulating their ceilings as it reduces the costs of heating, said Eskom.
“There are several products on the market that you can use for insulation, from synthetic polymers like polyester and expanded polystyrene,” said Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.
“You can also use products of mineral woods like fibre-glass, natural plant materials such as cellulose insulation and animal fibres like wool.”
Mantshantsha said with all DIY projects, the issue of health and safety is critical to be used also on the installation process.
Here are the safety tips that will make DIY projects successful and safe:
– Before you get started, identify any hazards and implement controls.
– Ensure you know how to safely access the roof cavity and have adequate battery-operated lighting.
– Mark and identify the position of all electrical cables and ensure you don’t damage anything while cutting or fixing insulation.
– Before proceeding with the installation (particularly foil insulation) turn off all electricity.
– Don’t place any insulation over recessed lights, fans or equipment such as transformers, or halogen downlights.
As a guideline:
– Do not install insulation within 90mm of hot flues or exhaust fans or 25mm of recessed light fittings.
– Retain a clearance of 90mm for low-voltage downlights.
– Restrain loose-fill insulation with non-combustible barriers.
– Wear safety clothing and shoes, gloves and a face mask.
– Handle the insulation with care to minimise the release of fibres and dust.
– Ensure you only step on the ceiling beams.
– Once you’ve completed the insulation, check that all cables, light fittings, etc. have not been damaged.
– Make sure to dispose of all waste appropriately.
– Thoroughly wash your hands, face, neck and hair to get rid of any stray fibres and dust.