The short but icy blast of winter weather over Easter kept the bunnies snuggled deep in their cosy burrows and made shivering lambs grateful for their woolly coats. As energy prices continue to rise and continued austerity bites into disposable incomes, causing a shiver of their own, households are also recognising the benefits of conserving energy and saving on their fuel bills. With increasing numbers of families falling into fuel poverty, it's more important than ever to find practical, affordable solutions.
The Government's Warm Front scheme helps English households in receipt of certain income-related benefits improve their insulation and/or heating system.
Grants of up to £6,000 are available where renewable technology is installed. For residents in Wales, the Welsh Assembly is operating the similar NEST scheme. Grants are available for improvements such as:
- loft insulation
- cavity wall insulation
- hot water tank insulation
- renewable energy systems such as air-source heat pumps
The Energy Savings Trust provides detailed information on all the grants and sources of funding that are still available. Alternatively, renewable energy system installers such as Ecoliving are able to offer free advice and no obligation energy surveys.
For households with funds of their own to invest in energy reduction measures, the above improvements will yield long-term savings and undoubtedly enhance the appeal of a property. As always, it is very important to receive the correct professional advice on the most suitable solution and to ensure that households receive any grants or discounts they might be entitled to.