1) Insulating your hot water pipes is a quick and effortless way to save energy. As well as reducing heat loss from your system, pipe lagging will also prevent pipes from getting too cold in winter, and therefore prevents pipes bursting. Pipe insulation is an easy DIY install – you can buy foam insulation tubes online or from a DIY store and slip them over your pipes. In a typical house, materials will cost around £30, and you will save around £30 a year on your energy bills, as well as reducing the possibility of expensive repair bills from burst pipes.

2) Room thermostats allow households to set and maintain the temperature at home. A programmer sets the heating to turn on and off at certain times of the day to suit household lifestyles. Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) let householders control the temperature of each radiator.

3) New Modern boilers are more efficient than older models. If your boiler is more than 10 years old it will be far less efficient than a newer model, consider replacing it with a more efficient condensing boiler. Costs and savings vary depending on your current boiler’s efficiency, fuel type and your house type but fuel bill savings can be significant. In some cases you may be entitled to a grant or even free upgrade, check out on this site.

4) Top-up your loft insulation. The majority of homes have some loft insulation but many don’t have the recommended 270mm depth. Once again you may be entitled to free insulation and fitting so do check.

Can we help?

If you would like help reducing your energy bills and in turn reducing your carbon footprint, do make contact and an adviser will be pleased to assist.

Heating bills have risen this year, with the average cost of a Standard Variable Tariff (SVT) up from £1,070 to £1,145. More than a quarter of working families (28%) said they are still languishing on these expensive SVTs.

Those who are struggling with their energy bills should first ensure they’re not paying too much for the energy they use and see how much they could save by switching supplier.

Is your home as energy efficient as it could be?

Are you aware there are offers of free cavity wall and loft insulation, as well as grants towards new energy efficient boilers, which can help make homes more energy efficient and therefore cheaper to keep warm? Some suppliers are even offering free insulation, dependent on the type of property. So, just take a few moments to check on this site to see if you could be eligible for any free upgrades and in turn SAVE MONEY.

Some very easy tips to start with:

Bleed your radiators on a regular basis.

Change electric light bulbs to energy saving ones.

Stop any drafts from doors and windows.

Turn the heating down when you go to bed.

Don’t leave any electrical device on standby.

Leaving televisions and games consoles on permanent standby costs £45-£80 a year and we waste nearly £29m per year in this country by leaving our phone chargers switched on even though we’re not charging our phones.

Start to reduce your energy bills.

You can very easily check on this site to see if you are entitled to any free or help towards making your home far more energy efficient.

Winter has arrived, and many of us are already starting to feel its harsh bite - and with sub-zero temperatures forecast for December, now is the time to make sure that you and your home are ready for the icy onslaught. Protecting your water pipes against the cold may be the last thing on your mind, but a burst pipe in winter can be a real headache, so taking the time to prevent it from happening can be a wise move, particularly given the cost involved.

Water damage from pipe bursts can result in a huge amount of damage to homes and ruin people's precious belongings leading to huge heartache and misery. However, there are simple steps homeowners can take to protect their properties, which can dramatically reduce the chances of pipes freezing.

So, what exactly can you do to prevent your water pipes from freezing?

Make sure your loft area is well insulated, if not get it done as soon as possible. This action in some cases can be done free of charge so check out on this site to see if you qualify.

Keeping your water pipes warm and cozy isn't demanding work. In fact, there are a few simple steps that everyone can take to help prevent the big freeze ruining the festive period with a burst pipe:

Keep the heating on.

If you're planning on going away for the Christmas period, it's best not to try and save money by turning off the heating in your absence. If there is no hot water or warm air circulating around your home, your pipes will be in danger of freezing, so make sure that you have your heating on regularly and use a timer if you are going away.

Insulate your pipes.

We've all heard the benefit of insulating our home, but your water pipes can also benefit from the same protection. It's an especially good idea to make sure that the pipes and water tank in your loft are well insulated, which will help prevent them freezing and bursting.

Winter is most definitely with us, which means the boiler will be going into overdrive to beat the chill – yet unfortunately, it'll cost more than ever to heat your home, with energy prices now the highest on record.

UK energy prices, after a few years of falls, are now back at record levels beating the previous highs of 2013. We are now paying the highest energy prices in our history and millions are set to struggle to stay warm this winter.

Suppliers have pushed up their prices sharply so far this year, driven by concerns of the impending price cap and the ongoing costs of Government policy, and consumers are literally paying the price. At the same time, average wages have been falling in real terms as inflation outpaces pay. This is nowhere more evident than in energy where prices have risen by 10% this year but pay only by 2%. This cruel double whammy will force many families to live in cold homes this winter or go into debt to pay bills. The UK is in an energy affordability crisis and it is just getting worse.

Those in the grips of that crisis could find they're forced to decide between heating or eating, with pensioners and families the hardest hit.

Take action.

If this affects you there are things you can do, firstly check your loft insulation and that your boiler is working efficiently. Did you know if you fit certain criteria these items could be replaced or upgraded at no charge? So, rather than suffer check what is available to you on this site.

Can we help?

If you would like advice upgrading your home's efficiency, please do make contact and an adviser will be pleased to assist you.

The Government could cut stamp duty on sales of homes that have been improved to be more energy efficient. This coupled with the no stamp duty for first time buyers just been announced in the budget is indeed good news for prospective buyers.

The Minister of state for climate change and industry says doing so would encourage people to make their homes more environmentally friendly. So, if you think about this by making your home more energy efficient you will,

1, Save money on energy bills

2, Increase the value of your property

3, Make it more attractive to the buyer

4, Reduce your carbon footprint.

Perry told the BBC Today programme that the Government was considering the move.

She added: “We also need to look at building regulations and new building regulations to see what more needs to be done there.”

Perry also says that homeowners need to make their homes greener, so the Government meets its carbon emissions targets.

Some of the best ways to make properties more energy efficient are to install insulation measures such as loft insulation and external solid wall insulation. Other energy saving measures include ensuring your central heating boiler is working to maximum efficiency. As you can see this really is a win win situation and bear in mind some of the measures could be installed free or with a massive subsidy.

Help?

Check on this site to see if you are entitled to a grant or free installation or do contact us and an adviser will be happy to assist.