Energy Saving

Heat loss from British homes and offices is very high, and it is one of the main contributors to high energy bills. High energy bills mean that lots of us sit shivering and cold, rather than turn up the thermostat on the central heating. But there are ways to make our homes warmer, to heat our water, and to use electrical appliances, efficiently and more cost effectively and reduce our carbon footprints. 

To make your home more energy efficient, it is a good idea, to begin with, to assess your property and think carefully about what energy efficiency measures you should adopt to help achieve a warmer home and reduce your energy bills. 

A good place to look for initial guidance on what you should do to improve your home is your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). More in depth advice can be obtained by requesting a whole house assessment from a Retrofit Coordinator or other energy professional.  

Below is a list of the measures that are the most cost effective. All the costs are based on figures from the Energy Saving Trust, relevant in 2020. 

Appliances

Everything that we plug into a socket adds to our electricity bills, but there are considerable differences in their efficiency, so it’s…

Consumer protection

When installing any renewable energy technology or energy efficiency measure in your home…

Doors and windows

By making sure the windows and doors in your property are energy efficient you can reduce the amount…

Energy tariffs

hese days there is not just one type of tariff for gas and electricity, and not just one energy supplier…

Heating controls

Using your heating controls effectively is the key to having the right level of warmth for the minimum use of fuel…

Heating & hot water

Central heating, fuelled by mains gas, oil or LPG is the most common type of heating in the UK. A boiler heats water, which is piped round the building to…

Infrared heating

The warming energy from sunshine or the heat given off from a log fire is a form of infrared heat. Infrared is the same…

Insulation

Insulation is the key weapon in the fight against heat loss. By insulating walls, roof and floors…

Low energy lighting

The past few years have seen a huge upheaval in how we light our homes and offices. The traditional incandescent lightbulb…

Measuring energy

A good place to start is to find out where you are now. This can be done a number of ways. You could get an energy monitor…

Rainwater harvesting

We aren’t as rich in water in the UK as popular belief (and our reputation for rain) would have it. According to Environment Agency figures we only…

Ventilation & draughts

We need fresh air in occupied buildings, but it also makes sense if we can control it.  Draughts are uncontrolled ventilation and are also…