All across the UK homes are being fitted with smart meters that claim to make energy use more visible, but the question has been raised as to whether this will actually reduce energy consumption. With three quarters of the British public in favour of smart meters and the sharing of energy use data, the hopes are high and the government plans to have the smart technology installed in every home and business before the closing of the decade. But will homeowners actually pay attention to their metres and monitor more efficient appliances in their home or use as much as they always have to meet their needs? Lets take a look:
At this time of the year we are very used to hearing people ask how they can avoid losing heat through their windows. Windows feel much colder in winter and they can be very inefficient. Looking at ways to make your windows more energy efficient can help you to save money and use less energy heating your home. This blog gives you some practical tips and tricks to ensuring your windows are completely sealed and as proficient as possible.
We all know that the main purpose of radiators is to heat your home but just because they are practical doesn’t mean they cannot be stylish. Whether you want your radiators to stand out as a design feature in a contemporary apartment or blend in sympathetically with a Victorian building, cast iron radiators in a suitable paint finish may be the solution you are looking for.
Your cooling and heating equipment accounts for almost half of your household energy expenses throughout the year. At the same time, the heavy activity of your heating and cooling system leads to plenty of wear and tear. This is why it is important to have HVAC performance evaluations and regular equipment inspection to fine tune your system.
With all the hype surrounding green energy and efficiency it is difficult to decide what is the right choice for your home, especially with contractors quoting extortionate amounts of money for certain jobs. Most of us follow the logic that heat rises and so loft insulation is the first important step in insulating your property. But what is next? Do you double-glaze your windows and is it worth double-glazing? This blog looks into the benefits of double-glazing your home and possible alternatives that may be just as affective.
A biomass boiler is one of the eligible heating systems for the new Renewable Heat Incentive, an initiative recently released by the government where homeowners are paid back for installing renewable heating systems in their homes. Buying and installing a biomass boiler can be confusing and it is important that you choose the right one for the size of your home.
Water feels like a luxury we take for granted. It comes through our taps and we don’t really have to understand where it comes from and how it gets to us. We just get to use it whenever we choose and pay for it when the bill comes through. The fact of the matter is, we are actually not as rich in water as you would expect from a rainy country like England and we should be much more aware of our water use as well as the process it goes through before it reaches us. Read on to understand water distribution in the UK and how you might want to consider harvesting your own water.
There has been a storm of protest from both assessors and customers over the business practices of online EPC provider First Choice EPC, and complaints are said to have been made about the organisation to police and Trading Standards.
According to posts on this blog, not only is the panel often failing to pay assessors or produce EPCs, but it is accused of using bullying tactics and threats to try to enforce additional payments, such as ‘cancellation fees’ from customers who, in some cases, say they had simply made an enquiry or asked for a quote – which the firm’s website claims is free.
When it comes to removing those clunky old night storage heaters you’ve had hanging around the house for years, the process is simple and straightforward thanks to the easy process of replacing them with a trendy new electric radiator.
There are several circumstances within which you might think your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is wrong. You may have moved into a new home and found that you use much more energy than the EPC implied. These circumstances can be frustrating and you may want to seek out ways to complain. It is important that you don’t react quickly and look at all your options.
Technology is getting more and more complex and helpful everyday and new to the market in the UK are a number of systems that give you a way to control your heating with your smartphone. These systems claim to save you up to £400 a year on your energy bills and all because you can switch off lights and turn on the heat remotely. Some of the giant corporations in the world are snapping up the opportunity to be involved with this new technology, including Google who just purchased Nest for around £2bn.
This blog addressed the advantages of using LED lighting in your home and outlined the impact LED will have on your electricity bills. With LED you will not only save money but you will reduce your carbon footprint on the earth.
A closer look at the Principles outlined in Part 1: Principles Three and Four.
In Part 1 and Part 2 we looked at the general outline of the objectives laid out by the Government for solar in the UK between now and 2020 and the first two principles from the solar PV strategy. This blog looks at the last two principles, why each one is important and what the next steps are to achieve the goals outlined in the strategy. The government has very ambitious goals for solar in the UK with the hope of achieving 15% renewable energy by 2020. Here are the final two principles of the Solar PV strategy and the steps the UK needs to take to become a decarbonised society.
When the sun is shining in the height of summer the last thing people think about is their heating system, however the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) are reminding homeowners to plan ahead to book in boiler maintenance and look after their boiler and heating system throughout the summer months to avoid breakdowns and problems when the cold weather returns.