If you plan to use the loft or attic for storage, you will want to lay boards over the joists. Unfortunately, if you only insulate between the joists before doing this, the insulation won't be thick enough. 

To get enough insulation, you can raise the level of the floor so you can fit enough mineral wool beneath the new floor level. You can do this by fitting timber battens across the joists, or you can buy purpose built plastic legs that fit on the joists and support the new floor. It’s important to leave a ventilated air gap between the insulation and the boards to prevent condensation on the underside of the boards.

This can be done with very little expense as the timber you will need can be unplanned or reclaimed.

Correct insulation can save you thousands of pounds in the coming years.

As an example a well-insulated loft can save as much as £350 a year, times this by 10 years and you could have saved upwards of £3500. Can you afford this?

If your loft is easy to access and has no damp or condensation problems it should be easy to insulate.

If access is easy and your loft joists are regular, you can use rolls of mineral wool insulation. The first layer is laid between the joists – the horizontal beams that make up the floor of the loft – then another layer is laid at right angles to cover the joists and make the insulation up to the required depth.

You should consult an expert installer to ensure the correct material is used to get maximum efficiency. In certain cases this can all be done free of charge, just check on this site to see if you qualify.

Poor access to loft space, don’t ignore it.

If your loft is difficult to access, you can have blown insulation installed by a professional, who will use specialist equipment to blow loose, fire-retardant insulation material made of cellulose fibre or mineral wool into the loft. This doesn't usually take more than a few hours.

Taking these actions on your property will save you a great deal of money on your energy bills and increase the value of your home.

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Check on this site to see if you are entitled to any grants or please do make contact and one of our advisers will be happy to assist.

Central heating boiler grants could be about to change in a big way, so if your boiler is old and in efficient now is the time to act.

Most old gas and oil burning boilers are regular types which use a separate hot water cylinder to store hot water, rather than providing it directly from the working boiler. When your old boiler is replaced with a new generation boiler you have choices. You can maintain your hot water cylinder or have a combi that has no need for the cylinder.

Boilers account for more 50% of what we spend on our energy bills, so it is essential the boiler you have is efficient.

Acting now could save you many hundreds of pounds in the future, with fuel prices rising all the time this could have a very significant effect on the family budget. The UK is importing more energy than ever before and with a weak pound this equals even more rises.

Modern day boilers are more efficient for several reasons, but the main advantage is that they are all condensing, this makes a substantial difference on economy. All well maintained and serviced boilers burn their fuel very effectively, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases which escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat sending cooler gases out through the flue.

If your boiler is old and you are receiving certain benefits check now to see if you could have it replaced free of charge.

Need some help?

It is easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free installation select your requirement and just click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now”. This action could save you a great deal of money over the long term.

Vital planning before you start

It’s important to make sure that a new low-carbon heating system is right for your home. The first thing to remember is that every heat-generating system gives you more “value for money” if your home is well insulated before it is installed.

Your home will need a certain amount of insulation before applying for the RHI. To be eligible for the scheme, you’ll need a recent Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). If the EPC recommends cavity wall insulation or loft insulation, you’ll need to install it first.

Solar panels

Solar electricity has taken off in the UK in recent years and has highlighted an appetite for generating energy at home. With warm, comfortable homes and high bills being key concerns for homeowners, renewable heating technologies such as heat pumps, solar water heating and biomass are the next wave of green additions.

These technologies are not cheap to install, but the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which offers quarterly cash payments over seven years for generating low-carbon heat, improves the return on investment.

Much has been said and written about (RHI) and a lot of household have dismissed it without really weighing up the long-term benefits. Yes, it can be expensive to install but if you work out the longer-term savings over 10 years say, it most certainly begins to make sense.

Help required

If you require assistance with making your home more energy efficient first check out on this site to see if you are entitled to any benefits. Should you wish to speak to a consultant please do not hesitate to contact us.

A number of measures can be implemented free of charge if you qualify for certain benefits, so take a bit of time and check out just what you are entitled to.

The majority of energy companies up and down the country have many free or heavily subsidised energy saving deals available to you.

Cost effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint and in turn save money!

With the ongoing Brexit chaos energy prices will continue to rise due to the high price of imported energy, made worse by the weak pound

Properly insulate your home

  1. Make sure all windows close and are draft free.
  2. Seal any draft from doors.
  3. Keep doors between rooms closed.
  4. Have your loft 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)

By implementing some of the above measures you could will reduce your carbon footprint and your annual energy bills, plus increase the value of your property.

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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.

The UK’s reliance on electricity imports has climbed to a record high amid fears that homes and businesses could face higher energy bills if the UK crashes out of Europe.

The latest government figures, released just weeks before Britain’s exit from the EU, show that the UK’s net electricity imports reached their highest ever level in the first quarter of this year.

The four high-voltage power cables linking the UK to Europe’s energy markets imported a sixth more electricity than the year before, after a new interconnector opened in January.

In total, European electricity imports made up almost 7% of the UK’s total demand, and the government hopes to increase imports to about 20% by 2025.

Although this is a small share of the UK’s electricity, experts have warned that higher import prices could lead to higher energy bills.

The government’s leaked no-deal planning report, Operation Yellowhammer, predicted a marked increase in energy prices for homes and businesses if the UK crashes out without a deal.

The market price for electricity could climb because of a fall in the value of the pound against the euro, but also because of potentially costly complications of severing ties with EU energy markets.

Gas and electricity bills rose by £2bn in the year after the 2016 referendum result because of the plummeting value of the pound, according to a report from University College London.

This translated into an average household’s bill increasing by £35 for electricity and £40 for gas, and researchers predicted bills would climb by a further £61 every year in the years following the referendum.

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Like to know more or how to make your home more energy efficient? Please do use this site to check if you are entitled to any financial assistance, or alternatively make contact and one of our advisers will be pleased to help.