Halloween Series: Halloween Roundup!

30/Oct/2015
Ellie Parker

Halloween is almost upon us – the pumpkins are being carved, ghosts are choosing their prey and the eco-tastrophes are looming. This week, we have explained some of the problems with poltergeists and offered some advice on how to defend your dwelling against the terrifying effects of a poltergeist attack.

To keep your home energy efficient at Halloween, we have talked about:  

  • Reducing the effect of ‘cold spots’ that are common when a ghost takes up residence in your home – bringing out the woolly socks and heating yourself, draught-proofing to stop the cold spots from spreading and unblocking those radiators to let the heat move more freely.
  • Mitigating the effects of sleeping with the light on – using low energy light bulbs to reduce the amount of energy you’re wasting during the night, or investing in solar lights for your front and back garden to ward off the vampires and ghouls so you feel comfortable turning off the lights altogether. 
  • Using loft insulation to damper those ghostly howls in the loft space and stop the heat escaping from the habitable rooms in the house. Or installing roof insulation alongside your cavity wall insulation (because we all know that insulation provides an impenetrable barrier against poltergeist attacks).
  • When a poltergeist is not a poltergeist: what to do when a colony of bats decides to inhabit your loft space. A bat can enter your property via a hole as small as a two pence piece, and even holes this small can cause considerable heat loss. However, fixing this is not that easy. Bats are a protected species and the law dictates that a bat roost must not be deliberately disturbed. Whilst sealing the holes and installing insulation (if you do not have it) seem the most appropriate solutions to this problem, you would be wise to seek the help of a trained professional (and will often need a special licence) to ensure any work you carry out is legal. In the style of the Ghostbusters: If there’s something strange living in your loft? Who you gonna call? Probably the National Bat Helpline.      

Safeguarding your home is a great way to keep your energy bills down this Halloween and, remember, a poltergeist is only a problem if you let it be. We hope you’ve enjoyed our series.

Wishing you a spooktacular Halloween weekend!

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