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Top Tips to Make the Most of Your Boiler

If you have a boiler then it is likely to be burning fuel to provide your heating and probably your hot water too. Every single unit of that fuel is paid for on your utility bills, so it is important you are utilising your boiler most efficiently for your own needs.

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Do I Need Planning Permission For Installing Solar Roof Panels?

Up until April 2008 it was necessary to apply for planning permission in order to install solar panels. The government however wants us all to use more renewable energy and so in 2008 it changed the planning rules in order to make it easier to do so.

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What is Dual Rate Electricity, Economy 7?

You may have heard of Economy 7 electricity, or Dual Rate, but what is it? How do you know if you have it? And what good is it if you do have it?

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Free Solar Panels – What You Should Know

Solar panels, or photovoltaic cells, can be used to harness the energy provided by the sun and convert it to electricity. As well as being great for the environment because they do not produce any harmful emissions, the “fuel” (i.e. sunlight) is of course free which makes for lower fuel bills.

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Top tips to use your Fridge and Freezer efficiently

Pretty much every home has a fridge, a freezer or a combination unit. They are invaluable tools in the modern world for helping us to store food correctly and safely, making perishables last longer. We have a wide range of foods and diet available to us now thanks to the fridge and the freezer and it is impossible to underestimate the impact they have had on the domestic kitchen, even for those of us who can’t or won’t and probably shouldn’t cook!

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Installing Solar Panels at Your Home

Solar panels or photovoltaic cells are one of the greenest, most low maintenance and most cost effective forms of renewable energy. Whilst they are quite expensive to install, the running costs are low are there is very little maintenance required. They are often described as “fit and forget” systems.

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Choosing an Energy Assessor Accreditation Scheme

Choosing an accreditation scheme as a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) or as a Non Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA) is an important step, but not quite as important as choosing the right one. There are many different schemes out there with different rates, different focuses and different strengths. How do you go about choosing the right one for you so that you can lodge your Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) correctly and with peace of mind?

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Use a toaster, avoid grills where possible

Energy Saving Tip 4 – Using a toaster is more energy efficient than a traditional grill. Grilling food is generally healthy and a more efficent use of your electricity than a traditional oven.

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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) details

In part 2 of our aticles regarding the renewable heat incentive we explore some of the finer points and practicalities of the scheme. We look at some of areas you may require clarification and answer some frequently asked questions.

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Interested in the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)?

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a new incentive introduced by the government to encourage people to generate more of the heat they need from renewable sources, like solar power, heat pumps or anaerobic digestion and so use less fossil fuels. Currently 99% of the heat we need is generated using fossil fuels and the government has a target of reducing that figure to 88% by 2020.

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Energy Efficiency in a Conservation Area or Listed Building

You may live in a Conservation Area or in a Listed Building and think that energy efficiency is not something that you can think about, or is practical to implement. You may think you would incur the wrath of Building Controls and Conservation Officers if you did decide to do anything. However, there are normally always some measures you can undertake to improve your energy efficiency and to save you both energy and money in any environment.

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Save Energy and Money with a Steamer or Slow Cooker

Energy Saving Tip 3 – A steamer or slow cooker can save you energy as often whole meals can be cooked at once.

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Loft insulation – Filling the Void

Every wondered what the real deal is with loft insulation? After all, the amount in the loft seems to vary from year to year, or sometimes even minute to minute, depending on whom you talk to or what the latest advice is.

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Descale your kettle for better performance

Energy Saving Tip 2 – Electric kettles need descaling to boil efficiently.You must descale your electric kettle regularly to prevent a build up of limescale deposits from hard water.

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