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.
The long awaited domestic part of the Renewable Heat Incentive has finally launched in the UK and with it comes a multitude of opportunities for homeowners to gain sustainable technology for their home as well as financial reward. One such sustainable system is biomass boilers and this blog is focused on looking in detail at the features of the scheme in relation to biomass and woodfuel and the possibilities it offers to homeowners. If you are interested in finding our about other parts of the scheme read our blog here or visit the Department of Energy and Climate Change website.
There are new standards set by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme that every installer of renewable energy will have to complete for every installation. Each installer will have to complete a compliance certificate to meet these new standards and this certificate is just one of several measures introduced by the MCS to help cope with the Renewable Heat Incentive released earlier in April 2014.
A closer look at the Principles outlined in Part 1: Principles One and Two.
In Part 1 we looked at the general outline of the objectives laid out by the Government for solar in the UK between now and 2020. This blog dives a little deeper into two of the four principles, why each one is important and what the next steps are to achieve the goals outlined in the strategy.
In my seven years of producing Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) I have been contacted more than once by clients telling me that the heating costs on their EPC is too high and that the EPC will put off potential buyers or tenants. But recently I have been getting calls from clients telling me that my heat demand figures (on the last page of the EPC) are too low.
It goes without saying that times have been tough in recent years, and it’s had an enormous impact on household finances. One area that seems to have particularly spiralled out of control is energy costs – with a rising dependence on foreign resources, we’ve seen a 131.1% rise in costs over the last 10 years.
One of the best ways to insulate your home is to install cavity wall insulation. Generally speaking, most homes built after 1920 come with a gap between the external and internal walls that can cause your home to be significantly less insulated. Consumer group Which? actually reported that if you leave this gap untreated then you are wasting 35 per cent of all heat loss from the home through your walls. Even so, many homes in the UK are leaving this improvement on the wayside because they simply can’t afford to install the cavity wall insulation. This blog explores the different types of cavity wall insulation you can use that are most cost-effective.
A conservatory allows you the chance to enjoy the benefits of the summer while sheltering you from the unpredictable British weather, and it is for this reason that they are one of the most sought after features for homeowners in 2014.
However, too often people neglect to keep their conservatory’s design fresh and updated, instead retaining the same brown wicker furniture with floral materials that they’re had for the last 15 years.
Energy efficiency in residential properties is a massive problem – Kevin McCloud, the famous Gran Designs host and co-founder of the Future Living retrofit firm, has been quoted as saying “There are some 26 million homes in Britain, most of them about as well insulated as a rabbit hutch, and they need immediate help to be made less wasteful.”
This year is off to a great start for solar in the UK. We launched the first dedicated solar strategy on April 4 2014 which is designed to enact a ‘further step change in deployment’ for solar in the UK. It is the first document of its kind to be released by any European government, confirming that there has been an amazing growth in the UK PV sector during the last few years. This blog looks into the details of the solar strategy and gives you a summary of the things you need to know from the new document.
With so much choice when it comes to looking for a mortgage, of types as well as providers, you might end up feeling under pressure or confused. Here, we’ll examine some of the most common options available to you to make it easier.
Eco homes are growing in popularity with the upcoming launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive, an initiative to encourage homeowners to install renewable heat sources in their property. With rising house prices and people becoming more apprehensive about their carbon footprint, green construction is more popular than it has ever been before. This blog looks at the top 3 eco homes in the country and also covers some simple eco-friendly solutions you can install in your home today.
When it comes to controlling the heat settings in your home, it usually just entails setting the timer to turn the heat on in the morning and then again in the evening for a couple of hours. Maybe you also set the thermostat? Fiddle with a few radiator temperature settings? But beyond these relatively simple settings most people do not do anything else to control their heating in the home. What if we told you that you can now get devices that control the temperature in every room in the house, turning the heat up in one room and down in another. Welcome to the new world of clever heating controls, the latest products to hit the energy saving market in the UK.
The Renewable Heat Incentive is finally live and this is a very exciting time for homeowners who have installed one of the eligible heating systems in their property. You do need to actually apply to the incentive to start getting payments back for your installed appliances. This blog takes you through the process of applying to the scheme, covering the required documentation your need and the steps you need to take.