In accordance with the Government’s boiler grant scheme, the UK’s ‘Big Six’ energy companies are giving away free replacement boilers to qualifying homeowners and private tenants.
Remodelling your home can be quite expensive. Unless you’re careful, even the best budgets can start spiralling out of control. Before you know it, you’ve spent twice as much as you wanted. If you’re striving for high quality at the cheapest price, there are some top ways to save money.
Create a Realistic Budget
One of the most important things to do if you’re trying to keep remodelling costs low is to create a realistic budget. It might not sound it, but allowing a slightly larger budget for a project can actually save you money in the long run. This is because you don’t have to cut corners which can be a false economy, especially if there are major problems and you end up making expensive repairs.
If you live in Scotland, you may have noticed the sudden flurry of solar panels on residents’ rooftops over the past decade. With the increasing importance of sustainable living, interest in this green energy source has soared.
Solar Panel technology has certainly come a long way since the 1970’s. Currently, there are two dominant technologies used for solar panels:
Photovoltaic (Solar PV) – converts solar energy into electricity and uses it to power household electrical products/lighting.
Solar Thermal – heats water that helps significantly to reduce heating bills.
Why is it only at the most inconvenient moment that a boiler breaks? Like the coldest week in winter, or just as you’re going away for a few days. Replacing boilers can be extremely expensive, and the average modern boiler costs between £1,500 and £2,500. When you’re suddenly faced with finding that amount of cash or trying to cope with no heating and hot water, it can be extremely scary and daunting.
Luckily, the government has created a number of schemes over the past decade to keep the most vulnerable people in society warm and cosy. The Winter Fuel Payment was created as a way to help the elderly keep up with ever increasing energy bills.
Though you might not think it, having your loft insulated can have a significant effect on your energy bills. The costs of heating a home continue to rise, and they’re not expected to become cheaper any time soon. If you’re in charge of the bills, that means more and more expense every year. However, many homes across the UK qualify for free insulation, so you could start saving money almost immediately.
If you’ve ever wanted to keep your house warm and cosy whilst reducing your energy bills, you’ve probably looked into insulation. Across the UK, various energy companies provide insulation for free as part of the government’s Green Scheme.
Unfortunately, this is normally only available for loft insulation and cavity walls, leaving those with solid walls out in the cold. Most homes built before 1920 (and some after) have solid walls and they’re notoriously bad at retaining heat; in fact, energy escapes at almost twice the rate of cavity walled homes. However, insulation can be added, and the Energy Saving Trust reports an average of £460 could be saved per year for a detached home.