Happy Big Energy Saving Week!
Yes, that’s actually a thing. Running from 18 to 24 January it is a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to. This is the 8th Big Energy Saving Week and is a partnership between Citizens Advice, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.
So without further ado, read up on these tips to reduce your energy consumption around the home. We have also included some links to the latest government grants and schemes.
Green Homes Grant
If you’re a homeowner or residential landlord you can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy-efficient improvements to your home.
Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000.
If you, or someone in your household, receive certain benefits you may be eligible for a voucher covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of the voucher is £10,000. Read More
The ECO scheme means that medium and large gas and electricity suppliers – including British Gas, EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE – are obliged to help households with energy efficiency measures.
Energy efficiency measures available through ECO include loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation and boiler replacement or repair. They’re all designed to help save people money on their energy bills, keep homes warmer and help to reduce carbon emissions. Read More
The Renewable Heat Incentive gives financial support to people who use certain renewable technologies to heat their homes. The payments are meant to help offset the cost of installing and running your new heating system.
The domestic part of the RHI launched in April 2014. It’s government-funded, by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and aims to cut carbon emissions and help the UK meet its renewable energy targets. Read More
We often see homes that use reasonable amounts of gas and electricity in units but cost a small fortune to run. This is normally down to the homeowners not shopping around for the best deal.
You can try the Citizens Advice Price Comparison Tool which is free, uses a full market comparison, is totally independent and gives a customer service rating for the major energy companies.
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