How is your boiler doing? The long hard winter is drawing to a close and your central heating system did the job of keeping you all warm. With the warmer days coming now could be a very good time to have your boiler serviced and checked ready for later in the year. Heating engineers are far less busy now than they were in the winter months. Should your boiler not be “up to the job” and needs replacing this can be a very expensive project to undertake. It could be you are entitled to a subsidy or even a free boiler if you meet a certain criteria so it’s most certainly worth checking. Free, and heavily subsidised replacement boilers are available via ECO, a Government project which has been set up to assist low income families. The project aims to assist families improve the energy efficiency within their homes and therefore reducing the carbon footprint. If you meet the criteria set out by the Government and your boiler is older than 5 years it is likely you may qualify for a new one free. Boiler grants are non-repayable; this means no monies claimed need to be repaid at any time in the future. There are no complicated terms and conditions and if you qualify the new boiler will be installed along with heating controls. The amount of funding you receive will be determined by the current efficiency of your home, an energy assessment will be carried out free of charge. Need some help? It’s 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 could save you and your family a great deal of money over the long term.
Wising up Consumers in 2015 began to take advantage of the offers 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. Figures released show that 27% more enquiries have been made in the first 3 months of 2016 than the same period last year. Loft insulation enquiries lead the way, but interestingly boiler replacements are a very close second. The Government will be encouraged by the figures as they wish to promote as much energy saving as they possibly can. The UK Government take a very strong view that it is indeed easier to save energy than it is to build new sources of supply. It seems that all the campaigning is now beginning to have the desired effect. Consumers are looking to improve their homes by saving energy and in turn reducing their carbon footprint. Another benefiting factor that is emerging is that energy efficient homes are worth a great deal more when selling. If you are unsure if you qualify for any assistance just complete the questionnaire below to find out. Now is a very good time to check as there are many really helpful cash incentives available to assist you. Just think if you can save money and have the work done free of charge what’s to loose, plus you will be reducing your carbon footprint. Need some help? 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.
Improve your property value Everybody enjoys getting value for money and home owners are no different. With all the talk of stamp duty being linked to the energy efficiency of our homes it seems time to review just how your property measures up. It is a fact nowadays your home will be worth a great deal more if it is energy efficient with a low carbon footprint. Speak to any estate agent and they will tell you it is far easier to achieve a good sale price if the property is energy efficient. When asked an estate agent in Kent said “with property for sale being so short it is still more difficult to sell inefficient energy houses”. “If a good quality energy efficient house comes onto the market the sale price can be some £10,000 higher than the equivalent inefficient house”. “There is no doubt whatsoever energy efficiency these days plays a very big part in selling a house”. If you think about it you get double the value for the money invested, firstly you save annually on energy bills and secondly you improve the value of your house. As you can see this is a win-win situation and one that should not be ignored as we all strive to save money. It is so easy to save money and improve your home and in some cases this can be done free of charge if you are claiming certain benefits. So do spend a little time checking if you qualify for any grants or benefits as this could save a great deal in the long term. How to improve efficiency These are just a few ways to save money and improve the value of your home. 1) Insulate your home as much as possible. 2) Ensure your hot water tank is working efficiently. 3) Check all windows and doors for drafts. 4) Have the central heating system and boiler serviced. 5) Cavity wall insulation if possible. Need some assistance? It is very easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or indeed free installation, just select your requirement and click the “see if I qualify or “apply now”. Acting now could save you and your family a great deal of money and improve the value of your property.

Reducing our carbon footprint at home

The Government have obligations to reduce our carbon footprint nationwide; this is an ongoing situation which is constantly under review.

We at home can do a great deal to assist and in doing so save ourselves large amounts of hard earned money each year. So it really makes a great deal of sense to sit back and review just what we could do to help and save at the same time.

A lot of these measures can be done free of charge if you qualify for certain benefits so check out just what you are entitled to. The majority of energy companies up and down the country have so many free or heavily subsidised energy saving deals available to you.

Common way’s to save and reduce carbon footprint.

Properly insulate your home

  1. Make sure all windows close and are draft free.
  2. Seal any draft from doors.
  3. Have your insulation check by a professional.

Maintain heating or cooling system

  1. Have systems clean and serviced on a regular basis.
  2. Keep thermostat at comfortable level.
  3. Heat the house gradually.
  4. Consider renewing boiler if old or inefficient (Can be done free)
  5. Good maintenance will reduce bills significantly.

Lighting in the house

  1. Ensure all lights are turned off if not required
  2. Change bulbs for new energy saving type (Large annual cost saving)

Water heating

  1. If going away for a day or two always set on vacation mode.
  2. Check the element is working correctly to heat the water.
  3. Check the element is not furred up with calc.

By implementing some of the above measures you could reduce your carbon footprint and save a great deal of money each year.

Like some help?

It is so easy to find out if you qualify for any subsidies or even free installation, just select your requirement and click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now” buttons. Time invested now could save you and your family a fortune in the coming years.

Solar discovery

Solar cells have long been a favourite of people trying to reduce or even eliminate energy bills. Many businesses across the country have incorporated the technology as well because it’s clean, renewable and helps reduce costs. Yet, throughout solar powers history the high set up costs have made it prohibitive to the majority. Researchers now hope this is all about to change as a major breakthrough has been made.

The new cells discovered consist of tiny silicon wires that measure a mere 1 micron in diameter. These wires are embedded into plastic plates where they convert light into electricity at an exceptional rate of efficiency. Any light left unused bounces around inside the wire matrix until it finds another wire that can absorb it. After all said and done nearly all the light is captured and converted very cost effectively to electricity.

The fantastic thing about this new technology is that only 2% of the new cell is composed of semiconductors, the most expensive component. The remaining 98% is made from inexpensive plastic and all this translates to a huge cost reduction for the consumer.

The team working on this new cell has yet to release side-by-side comparisons of the new versus the old. The technology is now refined and researches are likely to conduct the necessary experiments to gain this data and make it available to the public.

Solar technology has been gaining popularity for years, especially as advancements have made adopting the technology more and more affordable. Many people who have solar power are able to generate so much energy they sell the extra back to their local energy company.

Benefits of solar power

  1. Reduced electricity bills.
  2. Receive money for extra power generated.
  3. Cut carbon footprint.
  4. Self sufficiency.

Need some help?

It is so easy to find out if you qualify for any subsidies or even free installation, just select your requirement and click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now” buttons. Time invested now could save a fortune in the long term.