Shock news that British Gas will hike electricity charges next month is part of a wider assault on the nation’s hard-pressed wallets. Britons are under sustained attack from the taxman, banks, insurers and holiday companies as rip-off Britain returns with a vengeance.

But the good news is that with a little planning you could save yourself hundreds or even thousands a year.

Now is the time to do a complete check on your homes energy efficiency, failure to do this could result in you paying out far more than you need to. Just ask yourself, when was the last time you checked your loft’s insulation?

Did you know that both your energy supplier and the Government will give you financial assistance to make your home more energy efficient? Well they will if you meet certain criteria that you can check out on this site.

There has never been a better time to see what you are entitled to. The 12.5% British Gas charge hike is almost five times consumer price inflation at 2.6% and will cost millions of customers £76 a year each on average.

Time to check

1) Insulation in the home.

2) Your central heating boilers efficiency.

3) Windows and doors.

4) Your energy supplier’s charges

5) Hot water tanks efficiency

Always remember if your home is energy efficient it will be worth considerably more should you wish to sell it.

Can we help?

Check on this site to see what you may be entitled to, or contact us and one of our advisers will be happy to assist.

Very few people know that free or heavily subsidised boilers are available to install if you meet a certain criteria. This scheme was set up to help those on lower incomes who have old inefficient boilers replace them free of charge. The Government and Energy suppliers alike want all households to have clean efficient central heating boilers to reduce emissions and in turn reduce our carbon footprint.

The new generation boilers are so much more energy efficient that they not only heat better but cost far less to run.

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

Another very big positive is if your boiler is of the new generation your properties value will increase, just ask any estate agent!

If you qualify you can arrange a survey of your current situation with an approved fitter and all will be done within set 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.

Need some help?

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.

Many of the large energy suppliers in the UK recently commissioned a survey to be taken of households and how important they saw insulation within their house.

Of those surveyed 68% said they have insulation in their homes and are aware of its importance. The remaining 32% either weren’t sure whether they had insulation or had none.

The survey also asked whether people were aware of the financial offers that are available from energy companies to help with insulation. Over 50% said they had no idea of any such offers but would be very interested to find out more.

Energy companies all over the country are very keen to keep your house energy efficient and in turn saving you a great deal of money. By doing this the energy company will be reducing your carbon footprint which is a very sensitive issue. It’s not only insulation the energy companies could help you with, so a little research now could save you a lot of money in the future.

Also, it is very important to keep in mind that an environmentally friendly property can be worth 5% more than one that isn’t. So, can you afford not to act?

If your house is correctly insulated you could save an average £350 per year which is even better if it was free!

Need some help?

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.

Energy prices continue to rise year on year and over the last 8 years they have increased by a staggering 56% in real terms.

Many households now spend over £125 per month just on electricity alone which is causing the average family great financial concern.

There are many ways you can reduce the amount you spend each month and some are very simple.

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 is 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

- Check all refrigeration door seals

- 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 financial benefits on this site especially the ones highlighted in the list.

Need some help?

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 Government support for energy efficiency has been reduced of late

This said, your local energy supplier along with the Government still have many great money and energy saving deals available to the majority of households.

If you are a landlord, making your buy-to-let more energy efficient is a very good way to keep your tenants happy and very importantly increase the overall value of your property. As all landlords will know, profitability is hard in the buy-to-let sector so making every opportunity count is vital.

Recently estate agents have been reporting in numbers that an energy efficient house is worth a great deal more on re-sale value than one that isn’t.

There is assistance available for the landlord and it is well worth researching just what you can claim as they say ”nothing ventured nothing gained”.

A home’s energy efficiency is measured from A to G depending on what improvements are needed. From 2018 all rented homes will need to have a minimum grade of E before any letting is allowed. Landlords could be fined or even banned from letting if they fail to comply.

This year has seen tenants given the right to ask their landlord for consent to carry out energy efficient improvements, with the landlord only able to refuse if the request is “unreasonable”.

Let’s be honest an energy efficient property is cheaper to run and reduces any carbon footprint so any improvement has to make sense.

As a landlord before you begin paying out for any greener measures check and see if any grants or cash incentives are available to assist you.

Need some help?

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 coming years.