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15 Energy-Saving Tips for the Home

Although it’s the height of summer now, autumn and winter will soon be here and you’ll be thinking about the extra energy costs. To head these concerns off at the pass, here’s 15 tips – that you can adopt now – to reduce those bills.
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Pets Cost Home Owners £78million in Energy Bills 

New research conducted by the Energy Saving Trust suggests that £78million a year extra is being spent on gas and electric by pet owners in the UK as they worry about their furry friends being cold, stressed or lonely whilst they are out.

This latest study indicates that two out of five pet owners like to leave their heating on during the day in order to keep their pets warm, with a quarter leaving the radio on and a tenth leaving the TV on for company. It has been calculated that all of this additional energy used in the UK to keep pets warm and entertained could light 56,000 homes for an entire year.

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Heat Pumps – Your Questions Answered

At present, heat pumps are one of the lesser known renewable energy sources so you will probably have a lot of questions if you’re looking into this as an option for your home. Predominantly used in Switzerland, Sweden and Austria, these are a green energy that have been introduced as part of the bid to reduce carbon emissions by 2020.

Before purchasing a heat pump it is important to fully understand them so you can identify the advantages / disadvantages before proceeding with one. However, with a growing number of people installing these, there are some very positive reviews and it has been identified that they will reduce energy bills by approximately 50%.

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Renewable energy to supply electricity comparable to fossil fuel by 2030

Due to the high demand for green power, harvested renewable energy is projected to be at 100% by 2030. Based on a study commission by the federal government in Australia, clean energy from wind, solar and hydro is forecasted to produce the same amount of power as fossil fuels in less than 15 years time. However, investment may range from $219 billion to $252 billion.

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Changes to Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Payments – How Will They Affect Me?

A Renewable Heat Incentive is a scheme that was established by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). It promotes the use of renewable energy sources by offering quarterly payments to those involved in the scheme, so long as they abide by the guidelines in place.

There are two types of incentives, commercial and domestic, depending on the property in which the energy source is installed. But, with new rates coming into play on 1st January 2016, what does this mean for those looking at entering into the scheme in the near future?

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CMA sets out proposals to energy market changes

In a summary of its provisional decision on remedies published today, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set out a comprehensive and wide-ranging package of remedies to address the problems hindering competition, which it proposes to introduce following the conclusion of its investigation in June.

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The Energy-efficiency of a Property Could Become a Key Factor in Mortgages

In order to encourage improvements that will increase the energy-efficiency of properties in the UK, it has been suggested that financial gains need to be put in place. And, with plans already underway, the accuracy of mortgage lending could play an integral role in meeting these requirements.

BRE, Nationwide, the Energy Saving Trust and many other companies are currently involved in the LENDERS scheme, a project that involves increasing the accuracy when estimating how much a property is spending on energy. By doing so, they believe this will help to promote a worthy cycle in the property market for energy-efficient homes.

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Heat Pump Market To See Annual 13.10% Growth

A report published by Transparency Market Research has stated that there will be an expected growth in the global heat pumps market which will see it worth around £90 billion by the year 2020. This forecast will mean a 13.10% compound annual growth rate over the next few years and has come about as consumers seek an alternative form of energy from the rising prices in fossil fuels.

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The Reasons Why You Should be Investing in a Heat Pump

If you’re looking at installing a renewable energy source within your home, the chances are you’ve stumbled across heat pumps, but with everything else on offer out there, it often becomes quite confusing. We’ve digested all of the information about heat pumps for you and provided you with a full detailed guide below that will help you establish whether this source of renewable energy is right for you.

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What Do the Changes to Feed-in Tariffs Mean for Me?

As of 15h January, there have been new tariffs introduced by the government to their FITs (Feed-in Tariffs) schemes, which will be applicable for all new applications submitted. Any applications that were received before 14th January will be considered for the old rates, if the application is accepted.

Any applications that are submitted between now and 7th February will be placed into a queue system as the FIT scheme has been paused for this period of time. If you already had a FIT scheme approved before 14th January, then none of these new changes will affect you.

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Heat pumps – the ‘new’ technology you’ve been using for decades

Despite the current relatively low price of oil and gas, many people are looking at a more sustainable way to heat their homes because they are worried about climate change and realise that fuel prices will not stay low forever.

Many will have now heard of an ‘air source heat pump’ and wondered whether this ‘new’ technology is suitable for their home.

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Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows

Windows are one of the ways in which heat will be lost from your home, but with improved technology, energy-efficient windows can reduce the amount of heat lost as well as the amount of noise that enters into your home. This can be achieved with secondary glazing, double or triple glazing or more simply, by hanging heavier curtains in front of your windows.

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A Guide to Ground Source Heat Pumps

It may not be one of the most talked about of energy sources, but a surprising amount of hospitals, schools and offices are looking into the ground for their heating energy sources. Ground source heat pumps can provide a great source of heat energy for larger buildings as well as your own home; and with the ground being so readily accessible, its popularity is growing.

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The Pros and Cons of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps have become more of an interest to homeowners now they are eligible for the domestic renewable heat incentive. Owners that choose this efficient alternative to heating their home can be paid for playing their part in the fight against global warming. Homes with decent insulation that choose to install heat pumps can reduce the cost of heating their home quite significantly (between £300 and £600 a year) as well as reduce carbon emissions. Unsure of what heat pumps are all about? This blog looks into the pros and cons of heat pumps to help you decide if they are the choice for you.

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