Home energy efficiency
Insulating your home is one of the best things you can do to make your house warmer, more comfortable and to help reduce your energy bills.
You can insulate your:
- cavity walls
- pipes and
In some property types you may be able to insulate the outside of your house; this is called solid wall insulation.
If you are considering insulating your home, make sure that the installer you use is a member of one of these organisations:
- National Insulation Association (NIA)
- Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA)
- British Board of Agrément (BBA)
The National Insulation Association (NIA) is a member organisation for the insulation industry in the UK. Members agree to follow a code of professional practice to ensure that customers who use them receive excellent customer service. You can use their website to find an NIA installer near you.
The Energy Saving Trust has lots of information and advice on which insulation types would be best for your property. You may be able to access financial support to install insulation from one of the large energy suppliers.
- Renewable energy
Installing renewable energy is a great way of saving energy and doing your bit for the environment. Examples are solar panels or heat pumps.
The Energy Saving Trust has advice and guidance on various renewable energy technologies. This includes benefits and any available funding. If you are planning to claim funding such as Feed in Tariffs or the Renewable Heat Incentive, you must use an installer registered with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
Before you think about installing renewable energy, make sure you have taken the main steps to improve:
- your home's insulation
- the efficiency of your electrical appliances
- Heating oil
Buying heating oil can be expensive. Many areas of Hampshire are off the gas grid. This leaves residents dependent on fuel oil and LPG to heat their homes. Here are some tips on getting the best deal on heating oil:
Compare prices - by comparing prices from as many companies as possible you will be better placed to track the cost of fuel and who is offering the best deal. This may also help you when negotiating with fuel oil suppliers.
Bulk buy heating oil - buying in bulk is often cheaper than buying little and often. Joining a heating oil club or setting one up in your area is a good way of bulk buying cheaper heating oil. It could help make savings on delivery costs, as the supplier will need to make fewer journeys.
Buy heating oil in the summer - heating oil prices tend to be lower during the summer, so buying ahead could save you money. It means you will have to top up less in winter when prices are higher.
Negotiate - when buying heating oil either on your own or as part of a heating oil club don't be afraid to haggle. More quotes will give you greater bargaining power.
Maintain and check your tank. Service your tank every 12 months. This should prevent a drip by drip cost caused by a leaky tank. It is also important to make sure your tank is secure from theft.
- Hitting the cold spots
Keeping your home warm and you and your family healthy can be expensive and sometimes difficult.
Hitting the Cold Spots is Hampshire County Council’s scheme to help fight fuel poverty across the county.
- Best energy deal
To get a competitive price for your energy, you should review your tariff and supplier regularly.
Ofgem the energy regulator, provides a simple guide on how to switch your energy provider. It lists accredited energy price comparison sites to help you get the best deal.
- Further information
- Action with Communities in Rural England for oil buying advice
- British Board of Agrément for insulation services
- Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency for insulation guarantee
- Citizens Advice Bureau information on where to find an oil buying club near you
- Energy Saving Trust for a whole range of home energy information
- Hitting the Cold Spots
- National Insulation Association for information on finding an approved installer
- The Energy Regulator Ofgem