Whichever life stage you’re at and whatever piques your initial interest, comfort and long-term savings are things that make a serious difference throughout your stay in a property.

For those making aesthetics high priority, the interior may look stunning, but if the rooms are full of draughts, it’s going to be difficult to fully appreciate that.

Perhaps there’s big spaces and plenty of storage for a growing family – but if those spaces are going to prove difficult to effectively heat without breaking the bank, that’s room that comes with a serious cost.

Energy efficiency and borrowing money

If you need any more persuasion to take energy seriously when picking your home, there’s a possibility that mortgage providers could be open to lending people more to buy energy efficient properties.

Retirement options

If you’re choosing a home for retirement, there are different considerations. You may want to downsize; you may want to move to the country or even be closer to the high street. But there may be money issues to consider: your income might have dropped in retirement, or you may want to use as much of what’s coming in as possible for hobbies. This makes it all the more important to make sure your home doesn’t guzzle your money, while leaving you shivering in three jumpers in the wintertime.

Help required?

A home that is energy efficient will provide a great deal of comfort both in the winter and summer months. One little known fact is an energy saving home can demand a much higher selling price when selling, in some case up to 5% more.

If you would like to know more please do see on the site what help you could get or make contact and an adviser will be happy to assist.

Most important, 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.

Other simple and low-cost measures

  1. Insulate the loft
  2. Insulate your pipework
  3. Service your boiler

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.

Heating bills have risen this year, with the average cost of a Standard Variable Tariff (SVT) up from £1,070 to £1,145. More than a quarter of working families (28%) said they are still languishing on these expensive SVTs.

Those who are struggling with their energy bills should first ensure they’re not paying too much for the energy they use and see how much they could save by switching supplier.

Is your home as energy efficient as it could be?

Are you aware there are offers of free cavity wall and loft insulation, as well as grants towards new energy efficient boilers, which can help make homes more energy efficient and therefore cheaper to keep warm? Some suppliers are even offering free insulation, dependent on the type of property. So, just take a few moments to check on this site to see if you could be eligible for any free upgrades and in turn SAVE MONEY.

Some very easy tips to start with:

-        Bleed your radiators on a regular basis.

-        Change electric light bulbs to energy saving ones.

-        Stop any drafts from doors and windows.

-        Turn the heating down when you go to bed.

-        Don’t leave any electrical device on standby.

Start to reduce your energy bills.

You can very easily check on this site to see if you are entitled to any free or help towards making your home far more energy efficient.

Can we help?

If you would like advice upgrading your homes efficiency, please do make contact and an adviser will be pleased to assist you.  





Looking to sell your property this year?

House prices in the UK continue to rise year on year but now at a much slower pace, what is certain eco-friendly homes fetch a far higher price than homes that are not.

Research has revealed that the clear majority of property buyers are willing to pay more for an eco-friendly home. The findings challenge the long-held belief that consumer demand for greener living is limited.

According to recent research 70% of prospective purchasers want to buy the most environmentally friendly house they can afford. Energy saving is now very high priority for most prospective buyers as saving money on heating is seen as a vital issue.

If you own a property some very easy and affordable measures could be taken to increase your homes energy efficiency and in turn increase its value.

How to instantly increase your properties value

-        Insulate the loft area

-        Service the central heating boiler

-        Insulate all exposed pipes

-        Draught proof all doors

These are just a few ways you can very easily improve the value of your property and you may qualify for financial help or even free installation in some cases.

How to reduce your costs?

It’s 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 thousands in the future and at the same time increase the value of your home.

The UK's greenhouse gas emissions fell 3.6% last year as renewables climbed to new record highs, official figures show.

Provisional figures for 2019 reveal emissions of the pollutants that drive climate change were 3.6% lower than in 2018 and are down 45.2% on what they were in 1990.

A key factor in falling greenhouse gas emissions is the shift in the energy sector away from coal power towards gas and renewables such as wind and solar power, and biomass.

Moving forward

Last year, the share of electricity generation by renewables increased to 36.9%, a record high, separate figures from the Business and Energy Department (Beis) reveal.

The increase helped push low-carbon electricity, which also includes nuclear power, to a record 54.2% share of the generation mix, up from 52.6% in 2018.

There were record levels of power from both onshore and offshore wind, with new turbines coming online, such as Hornsea offshore wind farm in the North Sea - the biggest such development in the world.

Overall, wind provided a fifth of the UK's power in 2019, equally split between onshore and offshore wind farms.

Energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: "These new figures show the extraordinary progress the UK has made in tackling climate change, with emissions falling 45% since 1990.

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"With record-breaking levels of renewable electricity on the grid we are well-placed to build on these efforts in the months and years ahead, while continuing to support the economy through the coronavirus outbreak."

Industry body Renewable UK's deputy chief executive Melanie Onn said: "Today's record-breaking figures show just how radically the UK's energy system is changing, with low-cost renewables at the vanguard.

"This will continue as we build a modern energy system, moving away from fossil fuels to reach net zero emissions as fast as possible.

"As well as wind, we'll use innovative new technologies like renewable hydrogen and marine power, and we'll scale up battery storage."

Like to make your property more energy efficient?

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.