Reducing Fuel Costs and Saving Money
Did you know that most energy efficiency improvements such as loft insulation, cavity wall insulation or low energy lighting actually give a higher rate of return on an investment than a high street bank or building society.
E.g. for a LOW ENERGY Light bulb (20 Watt - 100W equivalent):
- Initial cost = £5
- Annual Savings = £11
- Average Lifetime = 5 years
- total savings £55.00
- Less cost = £50
This is equivalent to a bank interest rate of 58.9%!
General Advice on Energy Efficiency
This is the best place to start on the road to energy efficiency. In order for us to know what information would be most relevant to you we would ask you to complete our Home Energy Check. When this is returned we will respond to you via land mail. Financial Guidance
There are many different ways to fund energy efficiency improvements to your home such as improving insulation, heating or lighting. Some take the form of direct grant aid while others take the form of interest free loans. Help for Low-income Households
Fuel poverty remains a problem for many households in the UK. Many households live in cold, damp houses which they cannot afford to heat adequately. The East Midlands Regional Affordable Warmth Action Plan provides a planned, comprehensive regional approach to reduce fuel poverty and achieve affordable warmth. For more information, contact National Energy Action at www.nea.org.uk.
Grant aid may be available to help you insulate your home, upgrade your heating system and reduce your fuel bills. There are various schemes, which you may be able to take advantage of.
Telephone free on 0800 512 012 to find out about grants and discounts for energy efficiency measures.
How to Choose your Gas or Electricity Company
With the deregulation of the gas and electricity companies it has become difficult to know how to choose which company provides the best service for you. Our guide can show you how to choose the company that suits you best. We can also give you information on electricity from clean, renewable sources, which don't lead to pollution normally associated with other power stations. Energy Saving Recommended
Energy Saving Recommended is the endorsement scheme of the Energy Saving Trust. The ESR scheme aims to highlight 'best in class' products regarding minimal energy consumption for consumer products such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and heating boilers, etc. For more information, visit www.saveenergy.co.uk or telephone 0800 512 012. Reputable Contractors
Once you've decided which improvements to carry out, you need to find a contractor who works to high standards. The Leicestershire/Northamptonshire Energy Efficiency Advice Centre can advise on: Energy Efficiency Approved Contractors:
The Energy Efficiency Advice Centre can advise customers about professional, reliable installers to carry out energy efficiency measures. So, if you need to update your heating system, improve your insulation or have decided to invest in one of the renewable energy technologies, contact us for advice.
All the contractors we recommend are members of professional bodies (e.g.: CIGA, CORGI, etc). Energy Efficiency Approved Contractors are also committed to providing the most appropriate energy efficiency advice for your home.
For a quotation, call the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre on 0800 512 012 or Download our Quotation Request form.
If you live outside our area (Leics/Northants), please contact your local energy efficiency advice centre on 0800 512 012, where they may be able to deliver local services. Renewable Energy
We can give advice on how to use clean, renewable forms of energy to heat your home, your hot water and provide all your electricity needs.
We are also promoting Green Electricity. Electricity generated from renewable sources.
There are many ways that you can generate your own energy at home from renewable and replaceable sources such as wind, sun and crops. Solar PV, solar water heating and small-scale wind or biomass heating is all available. Installation costs and the amount of energy produced vary. The DTI has a Low carbon building programme which provides grants for micro generation technologies for householders, community organisations, schools, the public sector and businesses. The programme will run for three years, starting from 1 April 2006 and replace the Clear Skies initiative. Call 0800 915 7722 or visit www.lowcarbonbuildings.org for more information. Contact your local district or borough Council for advice about planning applications requirements. The Energy Efficiency Advice Centre is promoting the provision of ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES to households in the East Midlands.
One of the easiest ways to contribute to the use of renewable technologies is to switch to a green electricity tariff from your energy supplier. Green supply tariffs mean that your supplier matches a percentage of the energy you use with electricity from a renewable source. Green fund tariffs mean that you pay a premium which the energy supplier invests in renewable energy development. For more information about green electricity, contact your energy supplier. How to choose suppliers
Energy Watch is the independent watchdog for gas and electricity consumers. For advice, contact www.energywatch.org.uk tel: 0845 9060708. Advice on Water Conservation
Using water wisely reduces the need for more reservoirs and processing infrastructure but it can also save you money if you have a water meter fitted. We can also give information on any specific query regarding energy efficiency or renewable energy. For further advice contact Severn Trent Water.