Energy providers are reporting very encouraging figures on the number of customers taking up free and subsidised energy saving offers. Installations have increased by a massive 27.6% in the last year which goes to show the public are getting the message loud and clear.

The majority of major energy suppliers up and down the country are offering great deals to insulate homes. The installation can be carried out free of charge if you are claiming certain benefits and meet the general criteria set down. If your house is cold check your loft to see if the insulation can be improved, if it can check on this site to see if it can be done free!! What’s to lose?

Energy companies are very keen to assist customers reduce the amount of energy they use and at the same time reduce their carbon footprint. It all makes sense as everybody saves money especially the homeowner. Another very big advantage of these measures is if installed correctly they will increase the value of your property. As you can see it really is a win win situation and one not to be ignored.

The greatest increase in installations has come from the North of the country with East Anglia and the Midlands following close behind.

What’s on offer?

As the survey has shown more people are taking an interest in saving energy and therefore saving money. With fuel bills likely to be the highest ever recorded this year can you afford to miss out?

1) Loft insulation

2) New boiler

Need some help?

It’s easy to find out if you qualify just select the upgrade you require and then click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now”. This action really could save you a great deal of money over the long term.

Reduce your energy bills

With mortgage repayments beginning to rise along with ever increasing fuel costs it is more important than ever to save as much money as possible. Ensuring your home is ready for the winter is one sure way you could save literally hundreds of pounds.

The Government and energy companies are committed to reduce energy costs and at the same time reduce our carbon footprint. Some of the measures you can take to save are supported by grants and in some cases can be done free of charge, so do check on this site to see if you are entitled.

Simple checks to carry out

1. Check your roof

Get a builder in to give your roof an inspection every year – they can make sure the tiles are undamaged and that everything’s water tight.

Get any cracked tiles or other issues fixed fast – it will save you money in the long run.

2. Keep warm

Check what insulation you have and what else you could do to increase warm

Bleed radiators and make sure your boiler is in good working order.

Your boiler is going to get a proper work out this winter – get it serviced now by a Gas Safe engineer. They should check all gas appliances in the property, and provide certificates for your records.

In some cases, old inefficient boilers can be changed free of charge

3. Protect your pipes

You can also do all you can to protect your pipes. Make sure external pipes and pipes in the loft are insulated – checking everything is properly connected and there are no cracks or existing damage.

4. Unblock gutters and drains

Blocked gutters can cause a whole host of problems for your property, like rot, penetrating damp and damage to the foundation caused by water running down external walls. Make sure they’re clear of leaves, moss and other debris.

Can we help?

If you would like assistance increasing the warm of your property do make contact and one of our advisers will be happy to assist.

If your loft is easy to access and has no damp or condensation problems it should be easy to insulate.

If access is easy and your loft joists are regular, you can use rolls of mineral wool insulation. The first layer is laid between the joists – the horizontal beams that make up the floor of the loft – then another layer is laid at right angles to cover the joists and make the insulation up to the required depth.

You should consult an expert installer to ensure the correct material is used to get maximum efficiency. In certain cases this can all be done free of charge, just check on this site to see if you qualify.

Storage space in the loft

If you plan to use the loft or attic for storage, you will want to lay boards over the joists. Unfortunately, if you only insulate between the joists before doing this, the insulation won't be thick enough.

To get enough insulation, you can raise the level of the floor so you can fit enough mineral wool beneath the new floor level. You can do this by fitting timber battens across the joists, or you can buy purpose built plastic legs that fit on the joists and support the new floor. It’s important to leave a ventilated air gap between the insulation and the boards to prevent condensation on the underside of the boards.

Inaccessible loft space

If your loft is hard to access, you can have blown insulation installed by a professional, who will use specialist equipment to blow loose, fire-retardant insulation material made of cellulose fibre or mineral wool into the loft. This doesn't usually take more than a few hours.

Taking these actions on your property will save you a great deal of money on your energy bills and increase the value of your home.

Help required?

Check on this site to see if you are entitled to any grants or please do make contact and one of our advisers will be happy to assist.

Landlords will be forced to upgrade the energy efficiency of their rental properties under new Government regulations.

The new rules, which were published recently apply from next year. They place additional requirements on landlords to make sure their properties are up to scratch in terms of fuel efficiency.

Any properties rated as an F or a G on the energy efficiency rankings, the lowest possible ratings, will need to be upgraded for new tenancies by April next year and for existing tenancies by 2020. The move has the potential to save tenants more than £2,000 on their energy bills.

The improvements are currently based on there being no cost to the landlord, with several Government loans and subsidies available. The Clean Growth Strategy, also published recently, stated the intention to upgrade as many homes as possible to a C rating by 2030.

Landlords will not be required to find the upfront cost of energy improvements themselves and it is important that the funding is clearly and easily available for landlords to make improvements.

Funding assistance

There are two main sources of funding available to make improvements: the “green deal” loan and the “energy company obligation” or "Eco".

The green deal offers a loan for energy improvements, which is repaid alongside energy bills. The expectation is that savings will be made through energy efficiency and those savings are used to pay off the loan.

This means the tenants will effectively pay back the loan as part of their energy bills, but at the same time will be making savings on their bills. The length of repayment should also not exceed the life of the upgrades.

The Green Deal Finance Company was sold to private investors in January and as of May is offering loans again. However, the RLA said interest among landlords appeared to be low as the fact the tenants pay seems "counter intuitive".

Like to know more?

If we can help upgrading your property, please make contact and one of our advisers will be pleased to assist.

Over 2 million households will be struggling to pay their fuel bills in the UK this coming winter.

 

Some 12.4% of households faced heating bills that pushed them below the poverty line last winter which is a rise from 2015. Levels of fuel poverty, measured by people facing high bills and on low incomes, were highest in the private rented sector where more than 20% of households faced an average shortfall of £417 to pay their bills. Among various kinds of household, the highest prevalence of fuel poverty was for single parents with dependent children, with almost 25% in difficulties.

 

People living in uninsulated, solid-wall homes and older buildings were more likely to face fuel poverty, while those in newer and well-insulated homes were least likely to be struggling. One of the best ways to reduce fuel bills is to install external wall insulation on uninsulated solid wall properties.

Insulating the home is one tangible way to combat these financial fears and in certain circumstances, it can be installed free or be heavily subsidised. Make sure you are not caught out this winter just check on this site to see if you are entitled to any assistance. What’s to lose?

 

In 2016, the average fuel poverty gap between what people could afford to pay and what they needed to heat their homes to a decent level was estimated at £400 a slight increase on the previous year.

Pressure on the household budget is bound to be great this year as energy suppliers warn of further increases to come. The pound remains on a low ebb and the promise of higher mortgage interest rates means households need to save every pound they can, making the home more energy efficient will help a great deal.

Need some help?

Do check out on site if you are entitled to any assistance towards making your home more environmentally friendly. This in turn will save you and your family a great deal of money each year.