4 ways you can be more ‘green’ in 2015

4 ways you can be more ‘green’ in 2015
January 12, 2015 admin

More and more people are starting to think about becoming green, and looking for ways in which they can change their lifestyle to benefit the environment. The first things that pop to mind are changing little habits like switching off the tap while brushing your teeth, using the car less and walking more, and buying ‘eco-friendly’ products.

At A Ward Heating and Renewables we like to think that being green is easy when it comes to energy saving in your home. To help you understand what it takes to become greener this year, we’ve made a list of five key factors which count towards energy-saving in the home.

1.  The Green Deal
It does exactly what it says on the tin! The Green Deal helps people make energy-saving improvements to their home and works out the best payment method. Here at A Ward Heating and Renewables, we are a Green Deal Assessor Organisation, which means we provide independent advice on the Green Deal by carrying out assessments of those potentially eligible.

The scheme provides people with a loan to pay for their energy-saving home improvements, which is then reimbursed from the amount customers save on their energy bills. Services eligible in this scheme include new boilers, double glazing, insulation and solar panels.

The best part is once the loan is repaid, you won’t only be saving energy, you then reap the rewards of your low cost bills and will save money.

2. Upgrade your boiler and adjust your thermostat 

The Department of Energy and Climate Change have shown that a central heating boiler is accountable for 60% of what you spend in a year on energy bills, thus making it extremely important that boilers are up-to-date, well maintained and are functioning as efficiently as possible. Replacing an old gas boiler with no controls with an A-rated, high efficiency condensing boiler with thermostat controls will significantly cut carbon dioxide emissions.

By having the ability to adjust your thermostat, even by one degree celsius, you will save approximately 10% on your energy use.

A Ward Heating and Renewables offer a wide range of boilers to suit individual requirements, including combi-boilers and even extremely eco-friendly biomass boilers.

3. Wrap up your walls 

The Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said, “….draughty windows and insufficient insulation all cause properties to leak hundreds of pounds every year.”

Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation are one of the biggest factors when it comes to keeping homes heated and saving money on heating bills, and it’s said that around a third of heat from your home can be lost through cavity walls. By installing cavity wall insulation, it makes heat more difficult to escape and helps maintain temperature inside, meaning your heating system won’t have to work as hard to reach the desired room temperature. The same occurs when installing loft insulation; it acts as a blanket in the roof of your house and traps heat from escaping, making it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

4. Consider Renewable Energy Sources 

Renewable energy is energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale such as wind, sunlight and rain. They are the most eco-friendly way to improve a home, save energy and become greener. A Ward Heating and Renewables offer renewable energy services including Air Source Heat Pumps, Ground Source Heat Pumps, Biomass Boilers, Solar PV Panels, and Solar Thermal Panels, which replace conventional and often environmentally harmful fuels.
For more information on the benefits of renewable energy sources, check out http://awardgroup.co.uk/services/renewables/.

If you have any questions about saving energy in your home, call us today on 0800 141 2207 or email info@awardgroup.co.uk.

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