Solar savings

This form of energy has seen a huge upturn in interest lately as the heavy winter fuel bills start to eat into budgets. Solar panel electricity systems capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work as they can still generate some electricity even on a cloudy day. The cells then convert the sunlight into electricity which can be used to run all house-hold appliances and lighting.

If you are interested in this type of power you should check out to see what financial benefits are available to you, in some cases large subsidies can be claimed. Simply complete the questions on our website to see if you qualify.

Benefits of solar electricity

-        Reduced bills. Sunlight is free so once you have installed your electricity bills will reduce significantly.

-        Get paid for the electric you generate. There are schemes available where you get paid for the power you generate.

-        Cut your carbon footprint. Solar power is green renewable energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants.

How do solar panels cells work?

The cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine the more electricity is produced. Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules that can either be mounted on your roof or on the ground.

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It is so easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free installation, just select your requirement and click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now” buttons. A little time spent now could save you a great deal of money in the future.

Is your boiler efficient?

Boilers account for approximately 55% of what we spend on our energy bills, so it is essential the boiler you have is efficient.

Modern day boilers are more efficient for several reasons, but the main advantage is that they are all condensing and this makes a huge difference on economy. All well maintained and serviced boilers burn their fuel very effectively, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases which escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger so it recovers more heat sending cooler gases out through the flue.

Sometimes the flue gases get so cold that the water vapour in the gas condenses out (hence the name) and even more energy is recovered from the condensing vapour.

Boiler type

Most old gas and oil burning boilers are regular types which use a separate hot water cylinder to store hot water, rather than providing it directly from the working boiler. When your old boiler is replaced with a new generation boiler you have choices. You can maintain your hot water cylinder or have a combi that has no need for the cylinder.

A regular boiler is more efficient than a combi at producing hot water in the first place, but then some heat is lost from the hot water cylinder. So if you look at both methods they will save you a great deal of money over the years to come, but the consensus is that a combi may well save you more.

If your boiler is old and you are on certain benefits you may qualify for a new boiler free of charge, so take a little time to see what you may be entitled to.

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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 bills rising

Energy prices continue to rise year on year and over the last 8 years they have increased by a staggering 50% in real terms.

Many households now spend over £100 per month just on electricity which is causing the average family great financial concern. As we all know the majority of the money we spend goes on heating the house during the winter months.

There are many ways you can reduce the amount you spend each month and some are very simple indeed. Also which is very interesting is the fact you could qualify for some of these energy saving ideas to be installed free of charge if you claim certain benefits. So if you are looking for ways to economise it could well be very worthwhile checking out just what you are entitled to.

Some ways to save money:

-        Fit energy efficient light bulbs

-        Ensure your home is correctly insulated

-        Raise the temperature in the home slowly

-        Use the sun’s rays by not closing the curtains

-        Ensure you have an energy efficient boiler

-        Make sure the heating pump is working correctly

-        Install fluorescent lighting were possible

-        Check all refrigeration door seals

-        Replace any fridge older than 15 years

-        Choose energy efficient appliances

-        Keep your freezer full

These are just a few ways you can save money around the house which are quick and easy. Now check out if you are entitled to any other financial benefits as many energy companies offer really good incentives.

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It is so easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free installation, just select your requirement and click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now” buttons. A little time spent now could save you a great deal of money in the future.

The cold weather has arrived

As temperatures drop the bills start to rise rapidly, heating costs now start to burn a hole in the annual budget. A recent survey taken from the majority of Western Europe shows the British spend the least amount per year on energy saving in the home. The survey highlights from the colder Countries such as Austria and Finland that the most money is invested into insulating the loft are.

So there is a lesson to be learnt from Countries who traditionally have much colder winters than we do here in the UK.

Insulating your loft correctly can save you a massive £300 per year alone and it is so very easy to do. Not a lot of people are aware that they may well qualify to have the insulation installed professionally and free of charge if claiming certain benefits.

There are so many different types of materials that can be used, it is vitally important that the correct one is selected to suit your home thus maximising savings. So if you decide to insulate your loft always seek advice from a professional as it could save you a great deal of money over the long term.

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Would you like a new boiler?

Very few people know that free or heavily subsidised boilers are available to install if you meet certain criteria. This scheme was set up to help those on lower incomes who have old inefficient boilers replace them free of charge.

The new generation boilers are so much more energy efficient that they not only heat better but cost far less to run. We all know how keen the Government and energy companies are to reduce the carbon footprint and this is a very easy way to help.

If you meet the benefits related criteria and your current boiler is over 8 years old it is likely you will qualify, it’s really as simple as that.

If you qualify you can arrange a survey of your current situation with an approved fitter and all will be done within certain timescales. The deal will also likely include new temperature controls which will also save you a great deal in energy costs.

The amount of funding you will receive will depend on the current efficiency of your home, energy assessments are carried out free of charge. Boiler grants are non-repayable this means no money is non-refundable at any time giving you peace of mind.

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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.

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