Tighten those belts by becoming more energy efficient

Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement earlier this week, every financial forecast suggests that most household’s disposable income are set to fall over the coming years. One of the largest expenditures in any household is the cost of energy.

If you have an inefficient heating system (central heating boiler, electric heaters, night storeage heaters etc) or you haven’t got the correct insulation for your walls and roof, then you are spending more money than you need to.

There are Government grants that may be able to help you with this.

There are also incentives to install renewables such as solar PV, ground or air source heat pumps and bio-mass boilers.

The grants and incentives that are available are under the umbrella of the Government’s ECO (Energy Company Obligation) scheme, and reductions to the funding for this are expected in 2017.

To see if you qualify for any of the grants or funding under the ECO scheme (many are not means tested and are open to all homeowners and private tenants) then please apply asap. A local energy expert will call you and go through all of the necessary details with a view to saving you money in the very near future.

Are you loosing out?

House prices in the UK continue to rise year on year even after the Brexit shock, what is certain eco-friendly houses command far higher prices than homes that are not.

A recent survey revealed that the majority of property buyers are willing to pay more for an eco-friendly home. These findings certainly challenge the long held belief that consumer demand for greener property is limited. Many estate agencies up and down the country are reporting buyers are now asking more and more questions about the energy efficiency of the house they are viewing.

A leading high street estate agent said “nowadays days a good energy efficient home can demand as much as £17,000 more than one that isn’t”. According to recent research 64% of prospective purchasers want to buy the most environmentally friendly house they can.

Homeowners should start taking energy saving as a very important part of the future if they want to achieve a good sale price for their homes. Most of the modifications required are so simple and easy to do, it is well worth finding out what you can do to increase your property value. For example insulating your loft will increase energy efficiency within the home and in some cases can be installed free if receiving certain benefits.

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It’s 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 thousands in the future and at the same time increase the value of your home.

Need to act and save?

Your fuel bills are no doubt the topic of conversation in the household right now so it could be time to check your boilers condition as time is running out.

These are few things you should be aware of, check out if you qualify for a new one and if you do make contact sooner rather than later as the replacement scheme is closing soon.

1) Boiler grants will be available until the Energy Company Obligation closes its doors, which will be on the 31 March 2017.

2) The scheme only applies to non condensing gas boilers, or condensing boilers under 86% efficient. Applications for LPG and oil boiler grants are now being considered.

3) The free boiler scheme is proving very popular. From initial contact to the day of installation the whole process could take up to 3 months, this is dependent on the company carrying out the boiler grant installation.

4) Only homeowners and private tenants can apply. Tenants renting privately will need to get permission from their landlord first.

5) Approximately 2.5 million households could potentially benefit from a boiler grant. Your household could be one of them.

6) Energy providers risk massive fines if they don’t meet carbon emissions targets set by the Government.

Need some help?

It’s so easy to find out if you qualify just select the upgrade you are interested in and then click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now” tab. Acting now could save you and your family a great deal of money over the coming years.

Great savings on failing boilers

Condensing boilers are really efficient, making the fuel you're burning to heat your home go further. Replacing an old G-rated boiler with a new high-efficiency condensing boiler and improving your heating controls could save you as much as £400 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust. Is your current boiler wasting your hard earned income? if so check out here what can be done to save you money. You may even qualify to have a new boiler fitted free of charge or at a very reduced cost.

How condensing boilers work

A high-efficiency condensing boiler is a good choice if you're looking for a greener and more efficient boiler. This is because condensing boilers are able to make better use of the heat they generate from burning fuels, such as gas or oil. With a heat-only boiler, some heat is wasted in the form of hot gases released from the flue. A condensing boiler captures some of the heat from these gases and uses it to heat water returning from your central heating system. It therefore requires less heat from the burner and is more efficient.

Condensing boilers vs non-condensing boilers

Both combi and heat-only boilers can be either condensing or non-condensing. Building regulations now state that all new boilers installed in a domestic home should be high-efficiency condensing boilers, although exceptions do apply in rare cases. A non-condensing boiler will typically take air in from inside the room, whereas a condensing boiler will be fully sealed and takes in air directly from the outside. Condensing boilers are safer than non-condensing boilers, as there is a much lower risk of anything being sucked into the boiler.

Need some help?

It’s so easy to find out if you qualify just select the upgrade you are interested in and then click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now”. Acting now could save you and your family a great deal of money over the coming years.

Changes to Grants coming soon!

It is the expectation of the energy efficiency industry that Ofgem will announce sweeping changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grant funds that are available at the start of 2017. These changes look likely to restrict the amount of funding, especially to householders who are not in receipt of certain State Benefits.

There are currently up to 100% grants available for cavity wall and loft insulation, boiler replacements, night storage heater replacement, and Room in Roof insulation as well as a number of other incentives for people wishing to install renewable energy systems to their homes.

Many of these grants and incentives are available to all householders regardless of whether they are in receipt of benefits or not, but it appears this may not be the case for much longer.

If these announcements come to pass then this may be the last winter that householders will have the opportunity to take advantage of these energy saving opportunities