Energy Efficient Homes

Best ways to reduce your Everyday Energy Consumption

The climate summit is about to start in Glasgow on 31st October 2021. The evidence is that we live in the midst of a climate crisis and are at the monumental crossroads for humanity. This coming decade will shape human life for hundreds, maybe thousands of years to come and affect our children, grandchildren and future generations. This practical guide will highlight the best things we can do to reduce our environmental impact at home.

Adapting homes to net zero is ‘too complicated’

Adapting homes to net zero is ‘too complicated’ with 29 million homes In the UK at risk of not meeting the targetIn an open letter to the Prime Minister, a coalition of leading consumer and industry groups has said that it was too complicated for people to adapt their homes for net-zero – and too often things go wrong.National charity Citizens Advice, Which? consumer group, Aldersgate Group (an...

Switch to a greener energy deal

Whether you’re buying or selling your home, or moving into a new rental property, it’s a good time to compare prices to see if you can pay less for your gas and electricity. Choose a supplier that produces electricity from renewable sources, and you can also enjoy living more sustainably. The good news is that many mainstream and smaller energy suppliers now offer 100% renewable electricity tariffs...

New-builds: the advantages of buying off-plan

Buying a property ‘off-plan’ – before it has been built – could save you money, as developers want the certainty of knowing they have a buyer and are sometimes prepared to offer benefits such as ‘early bird’ discounts. Even if they don’t, you’re likely to have more say in the choice of interior finishes and bathroom tiles and fittings than if you bought it further down the line. And if...

Consider a ‘green’ mortgage deal for your new home

When you are buying a home, as well as looking for high energy efficiency and for features such as double or triple glazing, loft insulation and a highly efficient boiler, you can strengthen your eco credentials by applying for a green mortgage. These used to be a niche product, but lenders are now offering deals to home buyers who purchase environmentally sustainable homes. Green mortgages are also...

New Build homes

The benefits of buying new-build

Eco and other benefits of buying a new-build home If you’ve ever lived in a draughty Victorian property, where heat escapes from the gaps in the sash windows and there seems to be never-ending repair bills, then a new-build home can be very appealing – it will also come with many extra features a traditional home can’t offer. Be more energy efficient First and foremost, a new-build will be much more...

Earth Day 2021 and beyond: Protecting the planet begins at home

Thursday 22nd of April 2021 officially marks Earth Day, and this year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth”, which will focus on natural processes and emerging green technologies that can restore the world's ecosystems. Topics covered include reforestation, climate literacy, citizen science and global clean-ups, with Earth Day being the impetus for more action throughout 2021. Plant a tree One of the...

You don’t need to be a homeowner to switch to a smart meter

A smart meter helps you to take control of your energy use by showing you exactly what you are spending on electricity in almost real-time – down to the last penny. It means you don’t need to worry about estimated bills or providing monthly meter readings. Smart meters, which are replacing traditional analogue meters, are part of the government’s campaign to deliver net-zero carbon emissions by...

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