You know the saying: “New Year, New Me”. Well how about, New Savings?
This year, make it your resolution to save money on your heating and energy bills by becoming more energy efficient with these simple tips:
Check your EPC Rating
EPCs tell you how energy efficient a building is and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). It will show you the estimated energy use, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel costs of your home.
It also highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating and recommended improvements so save you money. You can also find out an estimate of how much these improvements could save you.
Even if you rent your home, some improvements noted on the EPC may be worth implementing, such as switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs.
EPCs are valid for 10 years once issued. Check yours here: https://www.epcregister.com/
Don’t have one? We can arrange an EPC rating for your property. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Generate your own Renewable Energy to heat your home
Generating your own renewable energy is one way to reduce your bills. Renewable energy is generated from natural resources such as the sun, wind, and water, using technology which ensures that the energy stores are naturally replenished.
Some ways of generating your own energy include:
Air Source Heat Pumps
Air Source Heat Pumps absorb heat from the air outside and use it to heat your home via radiators or underfloor heating – and it can also be used to heat water.
Whilst they use electricity to run, because they extract the heat from the air (even in temperatures as low as -15°C!) the energy they produce is highly renewable.
An additional benefit of the renewable nature of the energy source is that ASHPs can qualify for payments through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, meaning you get paid for installing the renewable technology. You can find out more about RHI here: https://bit.ly/2fBvwlX
Installing solar PV panels on your home means you can save money on you energy bills and, as a bonus, you will receive a payment from the Government’s Feed-in-Tariff. Even better, if you don’t use all the energy you produce, you can sell it back to the grid.
Solar thermal panels on your home will allow you to generate hot water all year. And, the big bonus is that you can claim incentive payments from the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
We can help you access funding for renewable energy measures. To find out more, use our apply form and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your options https://warmercommunities.org.uk/apply/
Turn down your thermostat
Turning your thermostat down one degree can save the average household £75 a year*, as well as saving 340kg of carbon dioxide.
Upgrade your boiler
Upgrading from an old G rated boiler to a modern A+ rated boiler could save you up to £310 a year*, depending on the size of your home. Modern boilers are more efficient for several reasons, but their main advantage is that they are all condensing boilers.
All well-maintained boilers burn their fuel very efficiently, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and is more efficient.
Sometimes the flue gases get so cool that the water vapour in the gas condenses out, hence the name, and even more energy is recovered from the condensing vapour.
You may be eligible for funding to help with the costs of a new boiler. To find out more email email@example.com or use our apply form https://warmercommunities.org.uk/apply/
Insulate your walls
Insulating your walls properly can make a huge difference to the energy efficiency and warmth of your home. The type of insulation depends on the wall type:
Cavity wall insulation
With around 35% of all heat loss occurring through the walls, a properly insulated cavity can save an average house up to £210 a year*!
Cavity Wall Insulation is one of the most common methods of insulating the home. Since 1985 cavity walls were commonly insulated when the house was built, however any homes built before this date may have partially insulated or uninsulated cavities. This means that up to 35% of the heat in your home could be lost through your walls!
Not all homes are built with a cavity – some are built either using a solid brick construction, or in some cases stone. For these houses where cavity wall insulation is not an option, solid wall insulation can be used instead.
Solid wall insulation can save you up to £415 a year in fuel bills!* This can either be internal or external wall insulation.
External Wall Insulation
A system of insulation boards and render is applied to the outer walls, refreshing the look of the property and improving the insulation and draught-proofing properties internally as well.
Internal Wall Insulation
Perfect for those who are unable to alter the outside of their house for any reason (for example the building is listed, or the house is in a conservation area and unable to get planning permission), internal wall insulation applies a system onto the internal walls on a room by room basis, creating a dry-lined, insulated internal wall. All fixtures and fittings are put back as new, with the new wall taking around 10cm of space from the existing wall.
You may be eligible for funding to help with Wall Insulation. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or use our apply form https://warmercommunities.org.uk/apply/
*Information from Energy Savings Trust https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk