Taking just a few simple measures, such as turning your heating down, or switching to a lower washing machine setting, can have a significant effect on annual bills and the sooner you start making changes, the greater the savings will be.

 

Here are our 4 top ways for you to bring down your bills and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

 

Insulate your loft

 

Poorly insulated roofs and walls can be a major cause of energy wastage. But with decent loft insulation, you could save between £200 and £300 a year, depending on the type of property you have and where you live, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

 

Upgrade your boiler

 

Did you know inefficient boilers could be adding a few hundred pounds to your energy bills? That means that upgrading yours could be a great way to cut what you pay in the long term.

 

It’s also a great way to dramatically reduce your home’s carbon emissions – boilers account for 60% of the carbon dioxide emissions in a gas heated home.

 

Boilers are rated on a scale of A to G, with A being the most energy efficient. If yours is at the lower end of the scale then investing in a new one could save you a packet over the longer-term.

 

Hang thick curtains and insulate your doors

 

Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best. Hanging thicker curtains over windows will prevent heat escaping and make your home much snugger, especially once the nights become longer.

 

You can also buy cheap stick-on insulation to run down the sides of doors – it will all add up to a warmer home and lower bills.

 

Watch your energy consumption

 

Do you know how much energy you waste? Investing in an energy monitor will help you to find out. They cost around £25 to £40 but some gas and electricity companies give them to customers for free.

 

Put it somewhere your whole family can see it, like the kitchen. Some of these handy gadgets work out how much your energy use is costing, so that’s a really good reminder to cut back.

 

Can we help?

 

If you would like assistance increasing the warm of your property do make contact and one of our advisers will be happy to assist.

The majority of households around the country are completely unaware a grant or assistance may be available to make their home more energy efficient, and in turn reduce their carbon footprint.

With big changes on the way due to the Governments environmental commitments you would be wise to act now as the future is very unclear.

A recent survey asked homeowners if they could save over a £1000 per year would they do more research, a clear answer came back, yes!

Energy suppliers giveaway

The big energy suppliers are offering subsidies or even free to those receiving certain benefits heat saving measures from new boilers to insulation. This situation is due to efficiency obligations to people in certain groups. Were you aware of this?

Boilers are one of the biggest contributors to your energy bills and this looks set to increase very soon – the more efficient your boiler, the more heat it produces from each unit. Depending on its age, a shiny new efficient one could save you between £300 and £500 a year.

Cavity wall insulation can slice between £160 and £400 off energy bills every year according to the Energy Saving Trust.

If your loft isn't insulated and you get it fitted with 270mm of new insulation, this'll save another £220-£440 a year.

You could qualify for freebies if you get tax credits or income-based benefits, such as pension credit or income support. To uncover these benefits and offers, complete the questions on this site and unlock the savings if you qualify. Why not save money?

Can we help?

If you would like to know more, firstly check out on-site what you could be entitled to. If you would like to speak to a consultant please make contact and we will be happy to assist.

According to data, some dual fuel tariffs are scheduled to end in September of this year. Unfortunately, this could mean average price rises of up to 38% for customers being switched onto standard tariffs. If you are one of these it would be very wise to check what is on offer to save you a lot of money.

There are also many other things you can do before winter starts to ensure your home is more energy efficient.

Time to act?

Have you checked your loft insulation?

By making sure your loft is insulated correctly you can save 100’s a year and you may well be able to have it upgraded free of charge.

Is your boiler working to maximum efficiency?

Ask yourself, when did you last have your boiler serviced? If it was more than 2 years ago get it done now as an inefficient boiler can cost you 100’s extra every year. Are you aware if your boiler is old in certain circumstances you could have it replaced free? Check out on this site to see if you qualify.

By acting just on these two measures you could increase the value of your house by over £8000 on average. Can you afford to ignore?

Check if you qualify.

Just complete the questionnaire on this site to see if you qualify for any assistance in making your home more energy efficient this winter.

Many people still believe that energy-saving actions do not make a difference, but the statistics are showing that the UK has decreased net CO2 emissions considerably over the last 7 years.

There are now so many ways to save money, energy and the planet without having to invest too much time or effort. A large proportion of the population in the UK want to reduce their carbon footprint and at the same time save money but they think costs will be prohibitive.

The savings a household can make are stunning if they are properly insulated and have a boiler which runs efficiently. On average the savings can amount to over £800 per year so ask yourselves can you afford not to look into this.

Some ideas

In order to maximise heat retention many properties can benefit from cavity wall insulation which is subsidised by energy suppliers but can also be installed relatively cheaply. The wall insulation stops heat leaving or entering the cavity wall space therefore helping to reduce the need to switch heating systems on more frequently in winter or air conditioning unit’s on during the summer. 

Also available is 
floor insulation however this can be a much more invasive installation as floors have to be removed in order to put the insulation into the space between joists.

Some of the benefits of acting

Increased property value

Much reduced heating bills

Reduced noise levels

Reduced carbon footprint

Check out now to see if you can save £££££’s, it’s easy and very quick just select your requirement and see if you qualify. Action now could save you a great deal of money.

The government has opened a £5m fund to help the financial sector develop green home finance products like green mortgages, rewarding customers for energy efficiency.

 

Green mortgages give customers discounted mortgage rates once they have upgraded the energy rating of their home.

 

Chris Skidmore, energy and clean growth minister, said: “To fulfil our world-leading commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050, we need an overhaul of our housing stock to tackle the disproportionate amount of carbon emissions from buildings.

 

“By rolling out more green mortgages and reducing the costs of retrofitting older homes we’re encouraging homeowners to improve the efficiency of their homes and save money on their energy bills, helping to ensure everyone has access to a warm and comfortable home."

 

Through the government’s Green Finance Strategy, it has also announced it would offer industry the chance to win a share of a £10m innovation fund if companies design innovative ways of reducing the cost of retrofitting the UK’s old housing stock. This could include assembling parts of buildings like pre-fabricated roofs or facades off-site and quickly fitting them to homes, minimising disruption for homeowners.

 

Help required?

 

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.