Monday, 20 October 2014

UK Energy Saving Promotes Solar PV Panels for the Home

In our latest press release we talk about our partnership with EnergyLink Ltd to promote solar PV.  Below is an extract from the press release which can be read in full here.

In recent years the price of solar PV panels has come down considerably, meaning that they are much more affordable for homeowners despite the lack of grants available towards the cost of their installation.  Feed-in tariffs are also available to provide income against energy generated for 20 years after installation, which, in conjunction with energy savings made, means that the cost of installing a solar PV installation can be recovered in around eight years......

......."For householders considering solar power, we can now facilitate that first step of receiving quotations for the installation of solar PV panels through our partner, EnergyLink Ltd.  We hope this will provide a useful service to our visitors.”

REVIEW - Warmroom Magnetic Radiator Energy Saver




You may have heard of the energy saving tip of putting tin foil behind radiators to reduce heat loss through walls. This can indeed have a positive effect, but is fiddly to do. The Warmroom product is not only a thicker product, but is also very easy to fit. Each pack contains six panels measuring 500mm by 200mm which can easily be cut to fit if necessary. The panels are simply slid down the back of the radiator and held in place thanks to the magnetic properties of one side of the panel. Job done! The panels can’t be seen from the front of the radiator and simply remain in place once fitted.
 
Read the full review here.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Energy Watch - Good Money Week

Starting on the 19th October is Good Money Week, and on this month's Energy Watch page we take a look at the event.  Find out more about what the week-long event involves and what it might mean to you.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

What You Have To Know About Modern Electric Radiators

So you've decided to buy an electric Radiator? Brilliant, you're making your home a healthier place and reducing your electricity bills. Not to mention the fact that you're helping the environment by lessening the carbon footprint of your home.

Now all you have to do is decide which kind of electric radiator you're going to buy.

There are a number of designs available which are both stylish and energy efficient, but perhaps the most popular are combination radiators.

Read on to find out why this design is one of the most popular varieties of electric radiator on the market.

Combination radiators have improved technology
Combination radiators systems are able to harness 'wet' heating system technology of the Economy 7 variety, only without the energy consuming demands of a central heating boiler.

The benefits that a modern electric combination radiator has over an old storage heater are numerous. Unlike Economy 7 night storage heaters, electric combination radiators generate heat instantly at any time of the day or night.

This ability is thanks to the inclusion of Magmatic Heat Retention tablets (MHR). These small tablets inside the system allow the radiator to produce a vast amount of heat within just 30 minutes of being switched on.

MHR tablets are able to continue releasing heat for up to 40 minutes after the system is turned off thanks to their ability to store heat independently.

Combination radiators are ideal for any modern home thanks to their boasting multiple ways of plugging into domestic electricity mains, which includes both standard domestic wall sockets and existing sockets that previously supported an old storage heater.

Combination radiators can also be powered by solar energy systems for the most eco-friendly approach to home energy distribution.

Eco-friendly designs
Combination radiators also utilise the most environmentally friendly technology, and are a much greener alternative for replacing your old boiler system.

These systems can rely on solar energy systems for power and don't release dangerous carbons into the atmosphere around your home, which can potentially be hazardous to human health, especially to people who suffer from breathing conditions such asthma.

Combination radiators are versatile
Modern central heating systems have evolved far beyond the original fixed positions they are known for. In fact, there are now so many new space saving alternatives available that it's actually quite rare for customers to not choose a trendy and practical new design.

Vertical electric radiators are a particularly popular choice of heating system as they work by being fixed to a wall that is easily capable of supporting their light weight, thanks to their minimal widths that can be as thin as 380mm.

This measurement ensures they are barely noticeable and can heat up any home quickly and can be easily removed from their wall brackets for cleaning and decorating purposes.

These vertical radiators also boast the technological benefits provided by Digital Time and Temperature Thermostats (TDI). This is a radically advanced in-built thermostat which is able to produce heat are a pre-set time of the day, with different settings available for use with different radiators throughout the home.

This ability to generate heat at any time day or night is partly due to the inclusion of a Multi Fin Design (MFD). This is an technology within the radiator that is comprised of little fins which work by distributing heat evenly around a room.

The most environmentally friendly modern electric radiators can be found at Habenheating.co.uk, where you can trade in your old night storage heater for a modern electric radiator as part of a £1000 cashback scrappage scheme that allows you to choose from a fine range of German electric radiators featuring sleek designs and cutting edge technology.

Image sourced from Habenheating.co.uk

Guest post

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Has your home got sufficient insulation?

In a world that is becoming more aware of its environmental impact the UK Government is encouraging homeowners to ensure that they have the correct levels of insulation because 25% of warm air is lost through an uninsulated loft, 33% is lost through uninsulated cavity walls and 45% is lost through solid walls.

Types of insulation and the funding available
Hot air will always flow to an area of cold; therefore, in the winter when the outside air is much colder than your home’s you will lose more warm air to the outside if you don’t have good insulation. By ensuring that you have sufficient home insulation means that you will reduce your heat loss and reduce your heating bill.

The UK government is pushing for homeowners to ensure their home has sufficient insulation installed - this is the most cost effective way for homes to become more energy efficient. To incentivise property owners to install insulation at their property there are multiple Government insulation grants available to UK residents including Green Deal insulation and the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO).

Cavity wall insulation
A cavity wall is made from two layers that have a small gap between them, also known as a cavity, which traps a layer of warm air between the two brick layers. You will typically find unfilled cavity walls at a property that was built between 1924 and 1982. It became a mandatory regulation after 1982 that properties had their cavities filled at time of construction.

Having cavity wall insulation installed at your home will:

- reduce your energy bills up to £110 a year
- Cut down on your CO2 emissions
- Reduce your condensation
- Can increase your home’s value because it will improve your home’s EPC

Free cavity wall insulation is available to everyone and anyone who has unfilled cavity walls at their home whether they are easy or hard-to-treat through the ECO scheme. This insulation needs to be carried out by an accredited installer with valid Public Liability Insurance.

Loft insulation
If your loft isn’t sufficiently insulated then your home will be losing around 25% of its heat through the roof. Loft insulation is a very simple way of improving your home’s insulation and the savings on your heating bills (around £175 every year) will more than pay for the insulation to be installed.
Unlike cavity wall insulation funding, free loft insulation grants with the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) have more specific requirements to be eligible, such as:

- homeowners have been receiving certain benefits,
- live in a high fuel poverty area or
- you have solid walls that external solid wall insulation could be fitted at.

Homeowners who are installing Green Deal solid wall insulation qualify for free loft insulation as a secondary energy saving measure and homes that are installing cavity wall insulation can also claim 95% of the loft insulation grant - only needing to pay £49 for the loft insulation whilst getting free cavity wall insulation.

External solid wall funding
If your home has uninsulated external solid walls then your home will be losing up to 45% of its heat through the walls, considerably more heat loss than unfilled cavity walls.

There are different levels of external solid wall insulation grants available depending on your heating fuel type, for example:

- Homeowners can claim up to 100% solid wall insulation grants if they use electricity or solid fuels to heat their home.
- Property owners who use gas, oil or LPG can get 50% funding.
- Everyone can qualify for as proportion of the solid wall grant regardless of where you live and your personal finance situation.

The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) funding ensures that any hard-to-treat properties such as solid wall properties (built pre-1930) could be eligible for free external or internal solid wall insulation – this is available to everyone regardless of their personal finances and property location.

The best way to find out whether you qualify for free home insulation is to get in touch with your local Green Deal Assessor who will give your property a Green Deal assessment. Your assessor will be able to advise you on the best energy efficiency measures you should take that best suits you and your home with no obligation to carry the work out.

Guest post

Monday, 4 August 2014

Wood-fuelled Heating in our greenCHAT Newsletter

The latest issue of greenCHAT is now available on our website - you'll find an article on wood-fuelled heating as well as information on saving water and details of what's new on the UK Energy Saving website.

Energy Watch - WWF

Read our profile of WWF on this month's Energy Watch page.  There's a little history, information on what they do today and how they can be supported.