Consumers in 2017 claimed a lot more benefits the Government and energy companies put in place to assist reducing energy loss in our homes. This year has started in the same vein as homeowners are increasingly investigating just what is on offer. With energy bills seemingly forever going upwards now would be an appropriate time to see just what can be done to reduce yours.

Just ask yourself how many times have you opened your gas or electricity bill and been shocked? We are told electricity bills will continue to rise this year due to many factors including the poor value of the pound.

As a homeowner are you aware of the grants and subsidies that are on offer to improve your homes energy efficiency?

We are all very busy working to earn money to support our lifestyles, a little time spent seeing just what is on offer could save you a lot of that hard-earned income.

Popular energy saving claims

Loft insulation enquiries lead the way, but interestingly boiler replacements are a very close second. If you have a very old central heating boiler do see what benefits are available now as we are told these grants may end soon. The Government will be encouraged by the figures as they wish to promote as much energy saving as they possibly can.

The UK Government and energy suppliers take a very strong view that it is indeed easier to save energy than it is to build new sources of supply.

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

The value of property in the UK is still increasing daily, albeit at a slower pace than the last 5 years. One of the ways to maximise this increase is to ensure your property energy efficient. Estate agents in major cities are always happy to sell a house which is energy efficient and they will tell you it’s value is far more than one that isn’t. One online estate agent said, “prospective buyers are more than ever checking if the property is properly insulated and what other energy saving devices it has”. “The demand for energy efficient properties is increasing as people see saving money as a long-term priority”.

Are you aware many energy companies offer huge subsidies or grants to make our homes more energy efficient? In some cases, the energy saving measure may even be free so it is worth checking if you qualify.

Heating the home

Central heating boilers are one of the largest contributors to your ever-increasing energy bills, it is vital to have an efficient boiler to help control these costs. When selling your home this is an area prospective buyers are very keen to investigate. It is a proven fact a new energy efficient boiler can save you between £250 and £400 per year. If you have an old boiler check to see if you could be entitled to any cash help.

Ways to increase your home’s value

1 Insulate to reduce heat loss

2 Install an energy efficient boiler

3 Insulate your pipes

4 Check your hot water tank is working efficiently

5 Check energy efficiency of any new appliances you buy

6 Check all windows and doors for drafts

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It is easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free installation select your requirement and just click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now”. This action could save you a great deal of money over the long term.

Heating our homes accounts for approximately 60% of what we spend on energy bills, so it makes a great deal of sense to have an energy efficient boiler.

Modern boilers are more efficient for several reasons, but their main advantage is that they are all condensing boilers. All well-maintained boilers burn their fuel very efficiently, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and is more efficient. Sometimes the flue gases get so cool that the water vapour in the gas condenses out, hence the name, and even more energy is recovered from the condensing vapour.

Considerations when replacing a boiler

If your boiler is old and it’s time to change, you need to decide what type of boiler is right for you. Before you do much more find out if you could be entitled to financial assistance as subsides or even free replacements are still available if you are receiving certain benefits. Just check on this site to see if you qualify, it’s free and easy to do.

If you have mains gas, a gas boiler is likely to be the cheapest heating option. If you don’t have a gas supply to your home, it might be worth considering a form of low carbon heating such as a heat pump or biomass. With the renewable heat incentive these may be cheaper overall. Alternatively, you may want to get a gas connection to your home. The company that owns and operates the gas network in your area may be able to help with the cost of getting a new connection, and it may even be fully funded.

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When changing your boiler there are many things to consider and getting expert help is essential. As a starting point check on this site to see if you are entitled to any financial assistance with your new boiler, if you met a certain criteria you may be able to replace it free of charge.

Those still paying off their Christmas spending will be disappointed to find that there may be another financial challenge on the horizon. Research has revealed that 57 energy tariffs are set to end this February, which means that many people may be moved onto more expensive rates, if they don't act now.

As a result of being switched from a competitive fixed tariff to the pricier standard variable tariff, customers could see their energy bills rise by as much as 37%, which roughly translates to an additional cost of £315. Even if you're not in this worst-case scenario, the average increase in cost is estimated to be £175 annually, so it could be well worth switching to a different deal.

The savings that can be made by moving to a different fixed price deal could well outweigh the increased cost of falling onto your providers' variable tariff. So, whether your fixed price deal is ending soon or you're simply unhappy with your current energy tariff, why not compare gas and electricity providers to see what you could save?

What to do to reduce energy costs

1) Check the tariff you are on and the overall deal, change if you can find cheaper.

2) Review your homes insulation, especially the loft area.

3) Have your central heating boiler serviced, this will improve overall efficiency.

4) Seal any drafts from doors and windows.

5) Turn off all unwanted lighting.

Getting help

If your home is not energy efficient it will be costing you far more than it needs to. Are you aware of the grants and subsides that are available from both the Government and energy providers? Many actions you can take to improve your homes energy efficiency can be done in some cases free if you meet the criteria set down. Check on this site to see what assistance you may be entitled to.

If you require any assistance, please make contact and one of our energy saving experts will be happy to help.

Things to consider that will save you money.

In the last three years, 18% of homeowners have extended their property.

It can be an attractive idea, it adds space and value, plus often improving the look of a place. But more space means more space to heat, and that can come with added costs.

Building Regulations stipulate that you have to take on certain energy efficiency measures when extending, like insulating cavities and floors (plus lofts if there is one), making provisions for low-energy lighting wherever possible, and installing thermostatic valves on any new radiators. But beyond mere compliance, real advantage can be gained from seeing an extension as an opportunity in the life of your home to take affirmative action on reducing energy costs and improving comfort.

This applies to both the extension itself and beyond. Think about investing in the most energy efficient options your budget can stretch to. First and foremost, building materials.

While the builders are in, it might well be an idea to consider installing wall insulation on the whole home. This saves on cost and hassle, while making all rooms warmer and potentially bringing fuel bill savings of £250 to £350 or more a year, depending on your home and heating system. These are not the only advantages of an all-over approach to wall insulation. External wall insulation gives the extension and the rest of the home the same look, and a good render can make your home weather-proof for years.

Heating costs as we all know are rising rapidly, before you make any changes to your home check out if you are entitled to any financial assistance either from the energy companies or the Government. It’s easy to do and can save you a lot of hard earned cash, check out on this site or call for help.