It’s no secret that our heating bills are increasing and if all the experts are correct next winter prices will increase significantly. So is it time for you to act?

Professionally fitted loft insulation will keep you and your family warmer plus it will also save you on average £400 per year on your central heating bill. The really good thing is you may be able to have it installed free of charge if you are claiming certain benefits.

There are many types of insulation available and it is very important to select the correct product to suit your house, a professional installer will be able to point you in the right direction. Installing the incorrect product could end up costing you money.

How does insulating a loft help?

Loft insulation works by creating a barrier to the hot air which is rising from the lower levels of your home. We all know that hot air rises and therefore will easily escape through your loft and roof if it is not properly insulated. The air pockets in the insulation trap the heat and stop it escaping into the atmosphere thus keeping the house much warmer. With the correct insulation installed you will find your home will be cooler in the summer, so it’s defiantly a win win situation.

It is recommended to fit at least 270mm thick insulation into the loft area but as we said before the professional will advise you as to the best choice for you.

Plus points

1      Smaller heating bills

2      House warmer in winter and cooler in the summer

3      Less carbon thus saving the environment

4      Less problems with condensation

5      Reduced noise levels

6      Increase the value of your house

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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.

Keep your energy bills lower in trouble times

Most important for the year ahead as we all will need to save money

Make absolutely sure you’re on the best energy tariff for your current needs, control is key if you’re to maximise your savings.

This can mean a few things where home energy is concerned, but a good place to start is getting to grips with your heating system by installing room thermostats, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves. It’s not exactly exciting stuff, but when used properly, you can save money every year.

 

Getting the right controls enables you to set heating and hot water to turn on and off as you require them, heat only the parts of your home that need it, and at the right temperature.

Take control and save with new technology

You can take control up a level with smart technology. Smart heating controls are becoming increasingly available on the high street and online, and let you get a handle on home heating from your smart phone whether you’re at work, on the bus... or even at home. If you have the money for a bit of gadgetry that saves on bills over the long term, it’s worth researching these options.

Stop those expensive draughts

After a bit of the shiny tech, get back to basics and stop those draughts.

It’s often a job put off, and it certainly couldn’t be classed as glamorous, but getting a professional draught-proofing job done on windows, doors and floors, plus installing a chimney draught excluder, can make a world of different to home comfort and save more than you would imagine.

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If you would like to make your home more energy efficient, check on this site to see what you may be entitled to. Some actions can be installed free if you are claiming certain benefits. Or if you would like to speak to an adviser just make contact and we will be happy to assist.

Reducing carbon means cutting down on your use of basic resources such as gas, electricity and water.

Doing this will save you money, and you'll be making your home more efficient and healthier place to live in.

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The most cost-effective method is to prevent your home from performing like a leaky sieve so make sure you Insulate your roof, but also your walls and floors, as combined they can account for 70% of your heat loss. In some cases, they can be installed free! Insulating the roof of a typical detached house could cost up to £395 initially but could save £300 a year in terms of reduced bills, so the pay-back period is very quick.

Draughts account for approximately 19% loss of heat loss. Fitting excluders around doors, windows and letterboxes is a manageable DIY job for all that will achieve impressive results.

Now that you've created a warm shell, you can start using energy more efficiently. If your boiler is more than eight years old, you might want to consider upgrading to a more efficient model. Going from a G to an A rated energy efficient model could save you over £350 every year. Again, in some cases this can be fitted free.

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There really are huge savings that can be made very easily and in turn save you a lot of money. Check on this sight to see if you qualify for a grant or even free installation it’s quick and easy to do.

You may be thinking of selling and moving or just want to increase the value of your property. With the value of property in some areas declining there are still ways to reverse this trend.

If you implement one or two of the suggestions listed your property is still likely to increase in value.

Be energy efficient
Fitting your home with energy efficient appliances can add value to your home by promising to knock the costs of bills. With a wide variety of new products on the market for this, it’s increasingly becoming a key feature for new homes. Ensure your loft is well insulated and be proud to show the viewers.

Double glaze the windows
Noisy roads can impact the value of a property. Double glazing will keep the home warm and keep the noise out, even if it’s near a main road.

Creating space 
Opening up living space is becoming more and more popular, particularly for the kitchen and dining room. Combining the two into one large room creates a sociable space, great for the whole family to enjoy.

Replace doors
First impressions count volumes in a house valuation. The front door of your home can say a lot about the rest of the house to viewers seeing it for the first time. The door should display draft proofing qualities and open and close easily.

A lot of energy saving measures within the home can be installed free or carry a subsidy if you are on certain benefits. So, before you start check to see if you are entitled to any financial assistance.

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If you would like help improving your homes energy efficiency, please do make contact and one of our advisers will be happy to assist.

Research has revealed that the majority of property buyers in 2020 are willing to pay more for a low carbon footprint homes, effectively making them much warmer in the winter months.

According to the findings 73% of prospective buyers last year wanted to purchase the most environmentally friendly house they can. The hardest hitting statistic is that 80% said they were willing to pay more for a home with a low carbon footprint!

Of the 1500-people questioned the majority said reducing energy bills was a very high priority on their check list when selecting a home. Most prospective buyers are very concerned about rising energy prices and wanted to do everything in their power to minimise this cost on an ongoing basis.

Lower energy bills are now ranked surprisingly far more important than location and land space.

The survey showed house buyers wanted to see in the prospective new home

1 Good roof insulation

2 Central heating boiler less than 5 years old

3 Double glazed windows

4 Draft proof doors

5 Fully insulated pipework

Homeowners need to take energy saving as a very important part of the future if they want to achieve a good sale price for their houses.

Making the home more energy efficient doesn’t have to cost a fortune, some measures can even be installed free!

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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 a great deal of money each month and increase the value of your property.