Are you one of the millions who could make massive savings on their energy bills in the UK? Gas and electricity prices continue to rise at an astronomical rate but there are ways you can go about making a change. The secret is knowing how.
Earlier this year it was revealed that household dual fuel bills are now a whopping 55% higher than they were just 10 years ago. Of course, the major energy companies blame wholesale prices for this rise, but whatever the reason it’s important to make a stand.
With our energy saving advice, you can make your home much more energy efficient and at the same time slash those ever-expensive bills.
Using the Green Deal for your home improvements
To help combat the UK’s problem of inefficiency and high carbon emissions, the Government created the Green Deal Scheme. It’s their flagship energy efficiency programme, which aims to help homeowners improve their property.
Offering financial help in the way of loans, you can make the necessary upgrades and start benefitting from savings instantly.
If you’re interested in saving money, follow our four simple steps:
Step One: Arrange a survey
In order to take advantage of the Green Deal, your first step is to have your home surveyed by a registered Green Deal Assessor. Even if you want to finance the project yourself, it’s always worth speaking with a Green Deal assessor to keep your options open.
The assessor will visit your home and discuss your energy usage and requirements, before suggesting the best ways you can go about making improvements.
Step Two: Make a decision
The next stage is up to you. You’ll have a list of all the home improvements that’d save you energy and money, so choose the ones you want. The best savings are achievable with a replacement boiler or renewable energy, whilst loft lagging and cavity wall insulation provide cheaper measures.
Step Three: Finance the project
Now you need to decide how the improvements will be financed. For starters you could take advantage of the Green Deal, especially useful if you are having a number of measures installed. Green Deal loans of up to £10,000 are available.
On the other hand you could pay the full price yourself. By doing this there is no loan and all the savings will go straight into your pocket. We’d always recommend this if it’s a viable option.
Step Four: Make the home improvement
Once your decision has been made and you’ve chosen a method of payment, it’s time to have the measures implemented. Always choose a reputable company you can trust and even look at the list of Green Deal companies available to you, whether or not you’re on the scheme.