With the shaky launch of The Green Deal this week, it is uncertain as to whether people will sign up now or even in the near future. With high long-term costs attached, consumers are looking for smarter more cost efficient ways to improve efficiency in there homes. Which is why tin foil may be the answer to consumers heating problems!

?This is even more worthwhile in older houses where heat is lost more rapidly.?

Almost 70% of heat from the back of a radiator is absorbed by the adjoining wall, meaning that it is completely wasted. This means that only 30% of the heat is appreciated by you in the room. Through its high heat functioning, the radiator reflector foil radically cuts heat loss by reflecting warmth back into the room. So by using foil, it could prevent a substantial amount of heat escaping outside. Therefore allowing you to put the heating on less frequently and for a shorter amount of time, reducing your electricity bill from the off.

This is even more worthwhile in older houses where heat is lost more rapidly. Whilst for those of you who have cavity wall installation it is not worth doing says The Energy Saving Trust.

You can buy specialist radiator foil ? which can be stuck on with strong wallpaper paste ? for around £7 a roll from B&Q and other hardware stores. By following a few different steps, you could attach the foil within minutes.

[Homebase](Homebase sells a four-metre roll with adhesive pads for just £5.99, or pay a bit more for Eco Savers radiator insulation foil, which comes with 10 metres of self-adhesive magnetic tape for easy installation and removal, and is available from other online stores. Others have even recommended Sun Visors, which work in the same manor. ) sells a four-metre roll with adhesive pads for just £5.99, or pay a bit more for Eco Savers radiator insulation foil, which comes with 10 metres of self-adhesive magnetic tape for easy installation and removal, and is available from other online stores. Others have even recommended Sun Visors, which work in the same manor.

?No sign up fee, no installation, no loans and more importantly no further costs down the line.?

Celia Locks, a writer from North London, told us: "I've put some bog-standard 30cm tin foil behind the centre of the radiator in my extremely cold kitchen, fixing it with a bit of sticky tape at each end, and am astonished at the result. It's as though I've turned on another radiator."

So concluding factors are, by spending no more than £10, you could improve your electricity bills in no time at all. There are no sign up fee, no installation, no loans and more importantly no further costs down the line. Foil offers a quick easy fix, which you can?t get with The Green Deal.

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Foil-back your radiators to save energy video

The Guardian

B&Q

My Green Home

Energy Saving Trust