More great energy saving ideas to cut costs and lower your bills from Lenwood Energies!

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By The Energy Advice Centre | Monday, December 02, 2013, 20:53

Lenwood Renewable Energies is set up to keep you informed about

renewable energy products and services and then give you the right advice for

your install. Read our user friendly and informative information pages to find

out about renewable energy technologies that could help you lower your carbon

footprint and save you money. Here we offer a couple of widely applicable tips

to help cut your energy costs.

Get free Insulation:

Before selecting a renewable energy system for your home or business we

recommend that you first ensure that your property is fully insulated. Insulating

your home or workplace can significantly reduce bills. Loft insulation for a typical

UK home can save you up to £175 a year according to the Energy Saving Trust.

Cavity wall insulation adds a further saving of £135 a year!

The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) is the Government target given to all

large energy providers to reduce carbon emissions by improving the energy

efficiency of homes in Britain. It is the largest initiative of its kind and

even middle / high-income households can take advantage. British gas is

offering free insulation worth up to £1000 to all households regardless of

their energy supplier. This deal is only available until the end of November

and homes have to meet certain criteria to be applicable. Government grants of

up to £3500 are also available to those on or below the poverty line. The warm

front scheme pays a company to improve insulation on your loft, cavity walls

and hot water tank. To qualify you must receive pension credit with your state

pension, have an income below £15,860 and receive Child Tax Credit or Working

Tax credits, or claim income support.

Replacing your boiler:

Boilers account for around 55% of our home's energy bills a year so

finding an efficient one or replacing an old one can really help cut your

energy costs. If your boiler is more than 15 years old then simply replacing it

for an A-rated condensing boiler and improving your heating controls will

significantly cut your home's carbon dioxide emissions and could save you up to

£310 a year.

Upgrading to a new A-rated boiler could save you £237 a year according to the

comparison website USwitch. So with an initial cost in the region of

£1800-£2400 it would take between 7.5 and 10.5 years to cover your investment.

Free Boilers are available via the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) –

Affordable Warmth boiler grant scheme. This scheme is only available to

pensioners or senior citizens who receive either State Pension Credits or

Working Tax Credits (and are over 60 y/a).Alternatively you might want to look

into Biomass boilers. This type of boiler typically burns wood in the form of

wood chips or pellets.They are however, more suited to buildings that aren't on

mains gas and that have space for the storage of fuel.

Take the home energy check at the Energy Saving Trust to find out the

overall energy efficiency of your home, and the carbon emissions you produce.

Alternatively call us on

01271 323309 and one of our energy consultants would be more than happy to help

you with your energy saving needs!

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