Improve your property value Everybody enjoys getting value for money and home owners are no different. With all the talk of stamp duty being linked to the energy efficiency of our homes it seems time to review just how your property measures up. It is a fact nowadays your home will be worth a great deal more if it is energy efficient with a low carbon footprint. Speak to any estate agent and they will tell you it is far easier to achieve a good sale price if the property is energy efficient. When asked an estate agent in Kent said “with property for sale being so short it is still more difficult to sell inefficient energy houses”. “If a good quality energy efficient house comes onto the market the sale price can be some £10,000 higher than the equivalent inefficient house”. “There is no doubt whatsoever energy efficiency these days plays a very big part in selling a house”. If you think about it you get double the value for the money invested, firstly you save annually on energy bills and secondly you improve the value of your house. As you can see this is a win-win situation and one that should not be ignored as we all strive to save money. It is so easy to save money and improve your home and in some cases this can be done free of charge if you are claiming certain benefits. So do spend a little time checking if you qualify for any grants or benefits as this could save a great deal in the long term. How to improve efficiency These are just a few ways to save money and improve the value of your home. 1) Insulate your home as much as possible. 2) Ensure your hot water tank is working efficiently. 3) Check all windows and doors for drafts. 4) Have the central heating system and boiler serviced. 5) Cavity wall insulation if possible. Need some assistance? It is 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 and your family a great deal of money and improve the value of your property.

Reducing our carbon footprint at home

The Government have obligations to reduce our carbon footprint nationwide; this is an ongoing situation which is constantly under review.

We at home can do a great deal to assist and in doing so save ourselves large amounts of hard earned money each year. So it really makes a great deal of sense to sit back and review just what we could do to help and save at the same time.

A lot of these measures can be done free of charge if you qualify for certain benefits so check out just what you are entitled to. The majority of energy companies up and down the country have so many free or heavily subsidised energy saving deals available to you.

Common way’s to save and reduce carbon footprint.

Properly insulate your home

  1. Make sure all windows close and are draft free.
  2. Seal any draft from doors.
  3. Have your insulation check by a professional.

Maintain heating or cooling system

  1. Have systems clean and serviced on a regular basis.
  2. Keep thermostat at comfortable level.
  3. Heat the house gradually.
  4. Consider renewing boiler if old or inefficient (Can be done free)
  5. Good maintenance will reduce bills significantly.

Lighting in the house

  1. Ensure all lights are turned off if not required
  2. Change bulbs for new energy saving type (Large annual cost saving)

Water heating

  1. If going away for a day or two always set on vacation mode.
  2. Check the element is working correctly to heat the water.
  3. Check the element is not furred up with calc.

By implementing some of the above measures you could reduce your carbon footprint and save a great deal of money each year.

Like some help?

It is so easy to find out if you qualify for any subsidies or even free installation, just select your requirement and click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now” buttons. Time invested now could save you and your family a fortune in the coming years.

Solar discovery

Solar cells have long been a favourite of people trying to reduce or even eliminate energy bills. Many businesses across the country have incorporated the technology as well because it’s clean, renewable and helps reduce costs. Yet, throughout solar powers history the high set up costs have made it prohibitive to the majority. Researchers now hope this is all about to change as a major breakthrough has been made.

The new cells discovered consist of tiny silicon wires that measure a mere 1 micron in diameter. These wires are embedded into plastic plates where they convert light into electricity at an exceptional rate of efficiency. Any light left unused bounces around inside the wire matrix until it finds another wire that can absorb it. After all said and done nearly all the light is captured and converted very cost effectively to electricity.

The fantastic thing about this new technology is that only 2% of the new cell is composed of semiconductors, the most expensive component. The remaining 98% is made from inexpensive plastic and all this translates to a huge cost reduction for the consumer.

The team working on this new cell has yet to release side-by-side comparisons of the new versus the old. The technology is now refined and researches are likely to conduct the necessary experiments to gain this data and make it available to the public.

Solar technology has been gaining popularity for years, especially as advancements have made adopting the technology more and more affordable. Many people who have solar power are able to generate so much energy they sell the extra back to their local energy company.

Benefits of solar power

  1. Reduced electricity bills.
  2. Receive money for extra power generated.
  3. Cut carbon footprint.
  4. Self sufficiency.

Need some help?

It is so easy to find out if you qualify for any subsidies or even free installation, just select your requirement and click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now” buttons. Time invested now could save a fortune in the long term.

Is your boiler failing?

This time of year any heating engineer will tell you how busy he is due to our boilers working overtime to keep our homes warm.

If your boiler breaks down we all know the costs involved of repairing or even replacing it in some cases. Did you know you may be able to reduce costs by claiming a grant from the Government or even a replacement free of charge?

Boiler grants, eco-schemes, rental schemes and even boilers that claim to repay you in savings can all help you to avoid the initial cost. Not everybody is eligible for these schemes but it is without doubt worth checking as a great deal of money can be saved.

Under the Government’s Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme, some homeowners and private tenants can get their old, inefficient boilers replaced free of charge or have the cost to replace heavily subsidised.

This scheme was set up to assist low-income families improve the efficiency of their homes thus reducing the carbon footprint. If you meet the criteria and your boiler is more than 8 years old, you should qualify. Government funding is limited and the benefits criteria are always strictly adhered to.

Find out if you qualify

It is so easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free assistance with making your home more energy efficient. Just select your requirement and click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now” button. Time spent now could save you a great deal of money in the future.



Keeping warm

There’s no getting around it, we live in a cold climate and keeping your home warm costs a great deal of money. The department of energy predicts that prices for natural gas and electricity will rise later this year.

We can all turn the dial on the thermostat down or wear thicker clothing indoors to save money but this is difficult to do. One sure way to save on energy costs is to ensure your loft is insulated correctly.

A recent survey of householders in the north of the country revealed that 43% had not checked the insulation in their loft in the last 5 years. The survey pointed out the savings that could be made at little or no cost to the homeowner over the next 5 years, asked again if they were going to check and the emphatic answer was yes!

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep warm in your house is to insulate the loft area. If you are on certain allowances this can be installed free of charge, just check below to see if you qualify. Many energy suppliers up and down the country have really good offers to assist you and your family to keep warmer at a much reduced cost.

It really makes sense to ensure you are doing all you can to save money and in turn help the environment. Energy suppliers are also very keen to assist you so take a little time out to see just what a difference you can make.

Find out more?

It is so easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free assistance with making your home more energy efficient. Just select your requirement and click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now” button. A little time spent now could save you a great deal of money in the future.