The value of property in the UK is increasing every day and one of the ways to maximise this increase is to ensure your property is energy efficient.

It is a fact that an energy efficient house is worth thousands more than a home with little or no efficiency. Times are extremely hard for families on a budget as energy prices continue soar so saving money has become a major priority for most. With the ongoing Covid-19 problem it is very unlikely to improve in the near future.

One of the biggest ways of saving money seems to be ignored by the majority of homeowners and landlords alike. The majority of major energy suppliers offer large subsidies or grants to make our homes more energy efficient and in turn save you hundreds of pounds each year.

Are you aware in some cases if your current boiler is old and inefficient you may qualify to have a new one installed free? Recent figures would show the majority of homeowners had no idea this offer was an option to them, so take a little time to see if you could benefit.

Top four ways to increase the value of your property.

Insulate your home to reduce loss of heat.

Check your boiler is working efficiently.

Insulate all your pipes.

Check your hot water tank is working efficiently.

Need some help?

It is easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free installation select your requirement and just click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now”. This action could save you a great deal of money over the long term.

With the cold winter months drawing to a close now is the perfect time to upgrade your homes insulation. There are still many very advantageous deals to be had but fears are this could change in the near future as the Brexit talks rumble on.

Are you one of the thousands of people in the UK not claiming your entitlement to make your home more energy efficient?

Most major energy supplier’s offer grants to help you implement energy saving measures within your home.

The savings you can make are stunning if you have your home properly insulated and have a boiler which runs efficiently.

On average these savings can amount to as much as £800 per year, so ask yourselves can you afford not to look into this?

There is little doubt energy costs are going to continue rising for the foreseeable future as the pound remains fairly weak due to the Brexit effect and now the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

A recent survey showed that the average household with 2 children spends in excess of £125 per month on electricity alone.

There are many grants amounting to millions of pounds each year that go unclaimed due to homeowners not being aware of what is available. Do check to see if you qualify for assistance, some benefits can be installed free if you meet the set criteria.

Need some help?

It is easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free installation select your requirement and just click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now”. This action could save you a great deal of money over the long term.

Many people still believe that their energy saving actions do not make a difference, but the statistics are showing that we decreased our UK net CO2 emissions considerably last year.

There are now so many ways to save money, energy, and the planet without having to invest too much time, money, or effort.

On average most 3 bedroomed houses spend £1500 on fuel bills each year which can be up to 48% more than necessary due to the lack of energy saving measures being implemented in the home.

Save with new technology, it is worth checking out!

You can take control up a level with smart technology. Smart heating controls are becoming increasingly available on the high street and online, and let you get a handle on home heating from your smart phone whether you are at work, on the bus... or even at home. If you have the money for a bit of gadgetry that saves on bills over the long term, it’s worth researching these options.

So many ways to save and not spend a fortune.

Insulate your loft – Grants available.

Block out any drafts – Very cheap fix.

Check your boiler is working efficiently – Service cost only.

Help required?

If you would like to make your home more energy efficient, check on this site to see what you may be entitled to. Some actions can be installed free if you are claiming certain benefits. Or if you would like to speak to an adviser just make contact and we will be happy to assist.

The news just broke that this spring many families' household energy bills are set to rise by £96 per year. So we thought we would take a quick look at easy ways to make sure you're getting a good energy deal...

Energy regulator Ofgem announced a sharp increase in bills for up to 15 million households on Friday as it lifted the price cap on energy by an average of £96 a year to £1,138.

The price cap - a limit on both the amount suppliers can bill for each unit of electricity or gas a consumer uses and on daily standing charges - applies to 11 million customers who are on “default tariffs”, meaning either they have never switched suppliers, or that their discount “fixed” deals have expired. 

The 4 million people on pre-payment meters -generally the poorest in the UK -would also see a sharp rise in bills, by £87 to £1,156.

The move - which will come into force from April 1 - returns the cap on prices to their levels before the pandemic. 

The regulator said it had taken the step because the wholesale cost of energy - which the suppliers pay - had returned to more normal levels after plunging during the Covid emergency. Emma Pinchbeck, the chief executive of Energy UK, a trade body for energy suppliers, said that the price cap is set in a way that is meant to be fair for both customers and suppliers.

The news of the price cap lifting immediately led to claims many households will struggle to make ends meet. 

Citizens Advice research in December 2020 indicated that 2.1 million households were behind on their energy bills - up 600,000 from pre-Covid levels.

Where do I go to switch energy provider?

Switching can take time but is often worth it to quit overpriced legacy tariffs. 

Try taking a look at comparison app USwitch - it bills itself as making the entire process less stressful by allowing you to manage all your providers and switch between them within the app.

It is also worth heading to moneysavingexpert.com. Martin Lewis’ site allows you to compare energy tariffs. For example, it will allow you to see which provider is offering the cheapest green energy tariff. 

The site states that most people on standard tariffs could save around £200 per year by switching. Lewis has said he hopes the price cap - which he refers to as a “rate cap” - lifting will “shock some people into action” over their energy bills. Appearing on ITV last night, Lewis explained that consumers may make even greater savings than websites currently show once the cap is lifted from April. 

Price comparison website Comparethemarket.com also offers to quote how much the site’s tech thinks your household should be paying.

Of course, do check out the regulator’s site first for official tips.

A survey organised by the larger energy providers taken recently is showing some very encouraging figures. More of the public are enquiring into what benefits they are entitled to which could aid their properties energy efficiency.

It seems the public are getting more and more concerned with the rising costs of energy than ever before especially through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Installations of grant assisted measures have increased by a massive 34% in the last 12 months which goes to show the public are getting the message loud and clear.

Energy companies are keen to assist their customers reduce the amount of energy they use and therefore reducing the carbon footprint.

The vast majority on energy suppliers up and down the country offers some exceptionally good deals to insulate homes and some are free if you are on certain benefits. With the cost of energy increasing at alarming rates it makes a lot of sense to check what you may be entitled to.

What could you get?

As the survey has shown more people are taking an interest in saving energy and therefore saving money. Here is just three examples of what you could have installed to help reduce your monthly outgoings.

1      Loft insulation

2      New boiler

3      Cavity wall insulation

If your home was correctly insulated and your boiler was running on 100% efficiency how much you could save a year? For an average 3 bedroomed semi-detached house this could amount to as much as £1000 per year. Can you afford to ignore this?

Need some help?

It is easy to find out if you qualify just select the upgrade you require and then click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now”. This action really could save you a great deal of money over the long term.