Whilst this winter has been pretty stormy it has been a mild one so far — I have my suspicions that the coldest part is yet to come. So it’s the perfect time to make sure your home is warm and comfy — and to try and save money on those dreaded energy bills.
Well the good news is that Big Energy Saving Week begins today! — which means there are events across the country to help you do just that.
Tomorrow, I’ll be picking up the phone at the Energy Saving Advice Service to help you answer some of those pressing questions about cutting your fuel bills and saving energy, alongside Gregory Barker, Minister for Climate Change. — if you’d like to call and talk about energy saving in your home call 0300 123 1234
The service can help you in all sorts of ways, armed with hints and tips as well as being able to refer you, impartially, to the latest schemes designed to help you with your bills and help you find a Green Deal Assessor (more about that below).
There are stalls, workshops and other events all over the country. Switching supplier, tariff, and making sure you’re taking advantage of schemes such as Winter Fuel Payment and the Warm Home Discount scheme are just some of the things you can do to save on your bills. Here’s a map of all the things happening so you can find an event near you.
And of course, there’s The Green Deal. British houses are some of the oldest and leakiest in Europe, which means we’re paying more to heat our homes as the warmth literally pours out, wasting money and of course creating unnecessary emissions of CO2. The Green Deal is a means to improving the energy efficiency and reducing costs to your home, through careful assessment and building improvements- with little or no upfront cost to the owner. Payment can be via a loan placed on the property and paid back in small stages via your electricity bill.
I recently took to the opportunity to train and qualify as a Domestic Energy Assessor and Green Deal Assessor — you can read about my Green Deal adventure here. The qualification allows me to help home owners build a complete picture of their home’s energy use, plus understand the home owners’ behavioural impact, allowing me to suggest the best ways to save energy, keep warm and finance those changes. If you’d like to find a green deal assessor near you take a look at the GDOrb site (http://gdorb.decc.gov.uk/consumersearch) site which has a handy post code checker.
When you think about it, we get our cars checked regularly with an MOT — so it makes complete sense to do the same for our homes. Getting an energy performance certificate or a Green Deal Assessment lets you understand where energy is being wasted and how best to make changes — allowing you to benefit from cheaper energy bills and a more comfortable home with little or no upfront cost.
So as we say – the sooner you take action the sooner you’ll have a warmer home and start saving. So get involved now and find out how Big Energy Saving Week could benefit you.