Home owners: There’s something you can do to reduce your monthly bills, and potentially add value to your home at the same time.
The answer is investing in energy saving technologies that prevent money leaving your pocket through your roof, walls, windows or out-dated electrical products. Investing now could lead to long-term savings and help increase the value of your home:
The Clydesdale Bank have put together a great infographic highlighting ways to save:
Free Insulation and cavity wall insulation
Heat rises so you could be losing heat (and therefore money) from your roof.
Fixing it does not have to be expensive. In fact you could be entitled to free insulation!
You can apply for grants as part of the UK’s “Energy Company Obligations (ECO) scheme” -it’s available for people who get tax credits and have an income of £16,010 or less, or those who are receiving certain benefits such as pension credit.
A quick way to check if you qualify is to call the Energy Saving Trust and answer a few basic questions on 0300 123 1234 (England), 0800 512 012 (Wales) or 0808 808 22 82 (Scotland).
Alternatively just call an energy provider for a free assessment. You’re free to pick any energy provider –even if you are not a customer. One popular choice is British Gas who offer free loft and cavity wall insulation to everyone, regardless of income or whether you are its customer.
Green Deal: energy saving for your home
Did you know the British Government wants to help you save money too?
You may be able to claim back money from the government if you make energy-saving home improvements.
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund could allow you to claim up to £1,250 towards the cost of installing any 2 of the following:
- a condensing gas boiler on mains gas
- double or triple glazing as a replacement for single glazing
- secondary glazing
- energy efficient replacement external doors
- cavity wall insulation
- floor insulation
- flat-roof insulation
- insulation for a room in the roof
- a replacement warm air unit
- fan-assisted storage heaters
- a waste water heat recovery system
More information is available on the Government website.