Getting colder

In Britain, people typically switch their central heating on in October and use it daily until March or April. This coincides with the clocks going back, the drop in temperature and Winter Fuel Payments – to anyone who receives the state pension.

Heating homes accounts for over 70% of household energy consumption. So reducing this figure – while keeping homes warm enough – not only cuts energy bills, but helps meet the carbon reduction commitments that the UK government is legally required to deliver.

The most recent figures show that 2.38m households in the UK are in fuel poverty – which basically means that almost 11% of British homes cannot afford to keep warm. But while the scale of this problem is significant, not all the solutions need to be complex and costly. So here are a few tips for keeping your home warm for little or no extra cost.

Maximise your insulation

When it comes to heat, around 25% is lost through the roof. This can be easily reduced by installing 25cm of insulation throughout your loft. It’s also worth seeing what’s going on in your walls, as around a third of the heat in an uninsulated home is lost this way. Although it’s not as cheap to install as loft insulation, cavity wall insulation could save up to £160 a year in heating bills. It’s also worth checking with your energy supplier to see if they have any insulation schemes running – which can sometimes mean cheap or free installation.

Install thermostatic radiator valves

Research has shown that installing heating controls and thermostatic radiator valves results in energy savings of 40% compared to a house with no controls. These work by allowing you to programme your heating to come on at predefined times – so you only use energy when you need it. New smart thermostats can also be controlled remotely via your mobile, so you can turn on your heating on the way home, ensuring it’s nice and toasty when you arrive.

Need some help?

If you would like to reduce your energy bills please do make contact, we have a team of advisers just waiting to help.

There are many grants amounting to millions of pounds that go unclaimed every year due to homeowners not knowing how to claim.

Many of the unclaimed benefits are for the elderly, disabled or those on lower incomes receiving certain benefits.

Energy saving is one of the main grants giving areas due to the environment and the importance the government places on it. It makes sense for the Government to offer incentives to save on fuel usage rather than spend huge amounts building new power plants.

The majority of energy suppliers in your area offer grants to help you implement energy saving measures. The main areas are:

1              Loft insulation

2              Draught proofing

3              Central heating boiler upgrades

4              Wall insulation

5              Window replacement

A recent survey taken showed 40% of all households had no idea such grants existed. When asked will they now research this in the future and find out what may be available to them the majority said they would.

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 £750 per year so ask yourselves, can you afford not to look into this?

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. 

The leaves are turning brown and falling to the ground, the mercury's starting to dip and there's a definite chill appearing in the air – the first signs of winter are making themselves known to us. This means the worry of turning on the heating, and the spiraling energy costs that could follow. Does this sound familiar?

Winter energy worries are likely to be even more acute for those already in debt with their energy provider, something that 14% of recent survey respondents admit to. Many are prepared to go to great lengths in order to strike a balance between keeping warm and keeping bills down.

Keep your home warmer

Insulating the home is one tangible way to combat these financial fears and in certain circumstances, it can be installed free or be heavily subsidised. Make sure you are not caught out this winter just check on this site to see if you are entitled to any assistance. What’s to lose?

Another very cost-effective plan is to have your current central heating boiler checked for smooth operation and efficiency. This will ensure minimal wastage of fuel when the boiler is in use and can save large sums of money every year.

Pressure on the household budget is bound to be great this year as energy suppliers warn of further increases to come. The pound remains on a low ebb and the promise of higher mortgage interest rates means households need to save every pound they can, making the home more energy efficient will help a great deal.

Need some help?

Do check out on site if you are entitled to any assistance towards making your home more environmentally friendly and warmer. Or please do make contact and an adviser will be pleased to help.

The average household across the UK could be losing hundreds of pounds each year due to poor energy efficiency.  Is your home one of these? With the price of gas, electricity and oil so high and the strong possibility of large rises on the horizon can you afford to ignore poor insulation in your home? Summer time is nearly over, and the cold months are fast approaching.

If you want to save energy in your home there are a range of energy grants and offers to help you achieve better efficiency.  These grants and offers will help you cover the initial outlay involved to install many different types of energy efficient features. 

Get prepared for the cold months ahead

Professionally fitted loft insulation will keep you and your family warmer, plus it will also save you on average £370 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 home. Choosing the incorrect product could end up costing you money so we always recommend seeking professional advice.

How insulation works?

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.

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.

Benefits 

-       Smaller heating bills

-       House warmer in winter and cooler in the summer

-       Less carbon thus saving the environment

-       Less problems with condensation

-       Reduced noise levels

-       Increase the value of your house

Need some help?

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.

The efficiency of a boiler is normally expressed as a percentage. Since October 2010 only boilers that are 88% or more efficient can be installed in homes, and most of the boilers you can buy now are between 88% and 89.7% efficient. 

It's worth noting that you wouldn't expect to see a difference in your gas bills if you choose a boiler that was 98.7% efficient over an 88% efficient boiler. The biggest saving comes from making a leap from an old inefficient boiler to a new one.

Did you know?

If your boiler is ageing and needs replacing you could have a new one installed free of charge if you are on certain benefits. Just select the option on the website and see if you are entitled to any financial benefits. Even if you are not entitled to any help, energy suppliers these days have some really amazing deals on offer to help you install a new energy saving boiler.

A modern condensing boiler is the most efficient boiler on the market. If everyone in the UK with gas or oil central heating installed a high-efficiency condensing boiler with full sets of heating controls it would improve the environment considerably.

Will an efficient new boiler save you money?

If you replace an old G-rated boiler with a modern A-rated boiler with a full set of heating controls, the Energy Saving Trust estimates you'll save upwards of £400 a year on your heating bill.

With the cost of fuel rising constantly this saving is well worth having especially if you look at it over the next 10 years, can you afford to waste upwards of £4000?

Can we help?

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