Save energy save money!!

The value of property in the UK is increasing day by day even after the Brexit vote, one very simple way to maximise this increase is to ensure your property is energy efficient. A recent report on property valuations clearly shows energy efficient homes attract much higher selling prices.

Big savings with a condensing boiler:

The term ‘condensing boiler’ refers to the fact that the boilers produce condense from time to time. Condensing boilers use heat from exhaust gases that would normally be released into the atmosphere through the flue. To use this latent heat, the water vapour from the exhaust gas is turned into liquid condensate. In order to make the most of the latent heat within the condensate, condensing boilers use a larger heat exchanger, or sometimes a secondary heat exchanger.

Time to check out your insulation

It would be a very wise move to check your loft insulation sooner rather than later as heating costs are likely to increase significantly this coming winter. There are so many uncertainties still lingering since the Brexit vote and the cost of energy is most certainly one of them. A recent survey of consumers showed that 74% of them expected energy costs to rise in the next 12 months. Professionally fitted loft insulation will keep you and your family warmer, plus it will also save you on average £350 per year on your heating bills. The really good thing is you may be able to have it installed free of charge if you are claiming certain benefits. So as you can see by taking just this one action it could offset any increases in energy costs you may have.
Green Mortgages: The “Lenders” project brings together the Energy Saving Trust, BRE, the Nationwide Building Society and other big names from the building and finance sectors. Their aim is to prove that if the energy expenditure of a home can be more accurately estimated, then a borrower's ability to afford their mortgage repayments can be more carefully assessed. Buying low-energy homes could mean you will get a bigger mortgage: The idea of the “lenders” project is simple. By replacing broad estimating of energy costs with more accurate ones, banks and building societies can more accurately determine the amount of mortgage a borrower is able to afford. Since more energy-efficient homes have lower bills, customers in low energy houses ought to be able to afford larger mortgage repayments. There are lots of interesting ideas around at the moment. A study in the US suggested that low-energy homes have a lower risk of default. There's also been the suggestion that estate agents and surveyors should be valuing energy-efficient homes more highly. The lenders project is setting out to prove that mortgage lending can be done with more accuracy. Calculations are currently taking a very broad guess at energy costs, but it shouldn't and doesn't have to be this way.” As a mortgage customer, the idea of the project is that if you buy a low energy home, you are likely to be offered a larger maximum mortgage. The project also has ideas around encouraging mortgage products aimed at buying high-energy homes and then improving them. There has never been a better time to improve your homes energy efficiency so find out what you could be entitled to. It’s so simple to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free installation, just click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now”.
Government Consultation Paper, ECO: Help to Heat The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have released a consultation document outlining how it see the future of energy efficiency grant funding (see link below) The suggestion is that the current grants that are available to everyone for low cost/free insulation to everyone regardless of income, will continue until 2017. These grants will still be available but at a reduced rate until 2018 when they may well cease. Heating (free boilers) and insulation grants for those described as in ‘fuel poverty’ will continue until 2022. This consultation is ongoing until 17th August 2016, but the message is clear. If you are considering applying for a grant then you should do so sooner rather than later or you could miss out.