With colder nights approaching, people might be thinking of ways of keeping warm and of reducing fuel bills this winter.
It is estimated that around 14 million homes in Britain still lack loft, cavity and solid wall insulation. All home owner/occupiers and private tenants are now eligible for 50% to 100% grant funding towards cavity wall and loft insulation. You can call the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012 for free advice, or go to www.energysavingtrust.org.uk.
Modern boilers are much more efficient than the older variety, so if your outdated one is costing you a lot of money, it might be best to change it sooner rather than when it finally breaks down for good.
People on certain benefits can obtain financial help for insulation and new boiler costs through the Warm Front scheme.To find out if you qualify go to: www.direct.gov.uk and search ‘Warm Front’.
Double or secondary glazing can make a difference. So can thermal or extra linings for curtains. Insulating the hot water tank and draft-proofing doors and windows should also help. Thermostatic radiator valves can be fitted cheaply.
You can save with low –energy light-bulbs and by turning off appliances when not in use - some devices to help you do this are now on sale. Choosing white goods with higher energy ratings should save money in the long run and washing machines with efficient spin cycles will save on drying costs.
The new Green Deal expected in 2012 will also be a radical way of making energy efficiency affordable for all.
The upfront finance will be attached to the building’s energy meter. People can pay back over time with the repayments less than the savings on bills, meaning many benefit from day one.