Insulation is one of the most cost effective ways of retaining heat within a home and is part of the Governments focus towards homeowners to reduce fuel bills. Can you afford to throw money away?

Millions of homes in the UK still do not have adequate insulation. When we have a frost or snow go outside and look at your property. If the frost or snow is settling on your neighbours’ roofs and not on yours, heat is escaping through your roof and you are paying the energy bill to melt that snow. Can you afford to let this happen?

Loft insulation is one of the easiest ways to help retain heat and is heavily subsidised by energy suppliers and even free for qualifying residents. The more loft insulation you install, the less heat that is lost thus meaning you save money. The optimum thickness has been shown to be 350mm, Building Regulations insist on a minimum of 270mm.

 

If your loft space has been or is to be converted into a room then you will need to insulate in the sloping roof. High levels of insulation can be hard to achieve because a free air space of 50mm must be left between the insulation and the tiling felt, unless the felt is low-vapour resistant. Best advice is without doubt get professional help to maximise heat loss.

Areas in your home to insulate:

1) Loft

2) Cavity walls

3) Floor & Ceilings

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It’s so 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 property.

The value of property in the UK is increasing day by day and one of the ways to maximise this increase is to ensure your property is energy efficient. It is a fact that an energy efficient house is worth thousands more than a home with little or no efficiency.

Next year is likely to see many twists and turns as the Brexit negotiations are likely to get under way. Households will be looking to save money to help balance the predicted ups and downs ahead.

Estate agents up and down the County will tell you energy efficient homes attract much higher prices than those which are not.

One of the biggest ways of saving money seems to be ignored by the majority of home owners and landlords alike.

A large number of energy supply companies offer large subsidies or grants to make our homes more energy efficient. The majority of homeowners simply just do not take advantage of the generous subsidies that are on offer. In some cases the energy saving measure may even be free so it is worth checking to see if you qualify.

Top tips that will increase the value of your property

1 Check all your windows are sealed and draft free.

2 Review all insulation in your house.

3 Have your boiler serviced and upgraded if old and inefficient.

4 Check your hot water tank is working effectively.

5 Insulate all exposed pipes.

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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.

Greener landlords and tenants

Government support for energy efficiency has been scaled back in recent months plus the end of the Green Deal last year. This year we have seen a reduced feed-in-tariffs for solar panels, but there is still help available if you know where to look.

If you are a landlord making your buy-to-let energy efficient is a good way to keep your tenant happy – and happy tenants are good for your investment. Another thing to keep in mind is that a well-insulated property will command a much higher re-sale price.

A home’s efficiency is scored from A to G depending on how much improvement is needed.

From 2018 all rented out homes will need to have a minimum grade of E before being let. Landlords could be fined or banned from renting a property out if they fail to comply.

In April 2016 tenants were given the right to ask their landlord for consent to carry out energy efficiency improvements, with the landlord only able to refuse if their request is 'unreasonable'

An energy efficient property is cheaper to run, which is good news for your tenants thus making a property easier to let.

Before paying for green measures such as a new boiler or double glazing out of your own pocket, it is worth checking if your local council or energy provider can help.

The type of support you can get depends also on which part of the UK your buy-to-lets are based.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all offer different types of support.

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It’s so 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 property.

Solar power to surge:

A quarter of all UK homes will have solar panels in the next few years according to research carried out for the major energy companies. Currently only 6.7% of homes in the UK are fitted with solar panels, however almost 20% of homeowners are planning to install them in the near future the report suggested.

The majority of UK homes are not powered by solar energy for a variety of reasons. Some people simply haven’t thought about it (20%) while others are planning to move home in the near future. It seems the largest deterrent for homeowners is the initial cost of solar panels, with 32% citing this as the main reason for not making the energy switch.

Northern Ireland have the most homes being powered by solar panels, in contrast to Wales which has the lowest at 3%.

The results from this study emphasises solar energy’s rise in popularity in recent years thanks to factors such as energy efficiency, financial benefits and environmental concerns.

With the cost of energy increasing all the time households would do well to investigate the benefits solar panels offer. Many commercial enterprises could qualify for free installation making the savings significant and immediate.

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It is very easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or indeed free installation, just select your requirement and then click “see if I qualify” or “apply now”. Taking action now could save you thousands of pounds in the longer term.

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.