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. 

Lovely and warm right now but this will change as we all know, with the good weather we have had its now time to survey your property getting it ready for the winter to come. One thing we can all count on is our energy bills rising at some stage in the next 12 months so if you want yours to reduce act now.

 

There are key areas to check up on when surveying your property. Firstly, insulation. Check your loft and see for yourself what’s there and ask yourself is it adequate or not, and also take a look at the age and wear and tear of loft insulation.

Leaking roofs and gutters can help water enter walls – so if the property has insulated cavities, also check that gutters are clean and there’s no staining on exterior walls.

It’s also well worth checking the windows. High-quality double glazing would be the best option, but proper sealing to cut cold draughts is a good basic quality to look out for.

Next and most importantly the type of thermostats that are installed. Thermostatic radiator valves, a good quality programmer and room thermostat are required. When these elements are controlled properly they can save upwards of £155 a year in a typical 3-bed gas centrally heated home. This annual saving certainly stacks up over the years.

If your property doesn’t have them, that’s another potential cost to factor in – but you may want to go further and install smart heating controls that can be operated from your smartphone.

Beyond these basics, it’s worth considering renewable energy features. The most likely renewable technology you might consider is solar PV panels. They reduce your electricity bills while bringing in modest payments from the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme.

Help required?

You may know or not that some of the features above can be installed free if you are receiving certain benefits. Do check on this site what you may be entitled to or contact one of our advisers.

 

Energy saving is one of the main grant giving areas due to the environment and the importance the Government places on it. If you think about this it does make sense to save on fuel usage as much as possible, thus saving on the huge amounts it would cost to build new energy sources.

 

These days we are all looking for ways to economise and save as much as we can as the cost of living continues to rise. One of the biggest ways of saving money seems to be ignored by the majority of home owners and landlords alike.

 

There are many energy saving ideas that carry a grant to assist or even install free of charge. By making your home more energy efficient you will save a lot of money and in turn help the environment.

 

The majority of households around the country are completely unaware a grant or assistance may be available to make their home more energy efficient.

 

A recent survey clearly shows homeowners are not taking advantage of the local energy suppliers offers. When questioned if you could save as much as £850 per year would you do more research, a clear answer came back yes!

 

Some of the benefits of taking action

1) Increased property value

2) Much reduced heating bills

3) Reduced noise levels

4) Reduced carbon footprint

 

Find out more?

 

It is so easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free assistance with making your home more energy efficient. Select your requirement and just click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now” button. A little time spent now could save you a lot of money now and in the future.