During our many visits to our customers we often come across situations where energy can be used in a far more efficient way, and in turn reducing ever rising bills. The potential of battery storage and what it can do for households with Solar PV has made huge strides technologically in the past few years.
It is not just technology that has made storage more attractive, however. Octopus Energy and the rise of super flexible tariffs such as Agile and GO have totally changed the conversation of storage. …
For a long time, the UK government was criticised by climate advisers for having no viable plan to achieve the commitment of “net-zero” emissions by 2050.
However, times are changing, and the UK has ramped up the race to net-zero ahead of hosting the UN climate change conference, COP 26, in November.
Last week, it was announced that coal power was finally to be consigned to history in 2024, one year earlier than planned. There are just three operational coal power plants in the UK and all are expected to close by October 2024. …
The energy market is in crisis. Energy tariffs have gone through the roof. Nobody seemed to see these increases coming, yet every energy provider appears to be hiking their prices. So what exactly is happening behind the scenes to cause these changes?
Yes, you’re right. It has to do with the pandemic. As the world emerged from near enough global lockdown, the demand for energy rocketed. Wholesale prices have gone up by 30% since March, and millions of us now face steeper electricity and gas bills. …
Working from home has been part of the new normal, and even though the pandemic is slowing, there’s no doubt that attitudes have changed, and home-working is here to stay for some.
Research reported that the UK was spending about an extra £52 million a week on household energy bills as an estimated 16.8 million people stayed at home at the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.
So whether you’re looking to save money or reduce your carbon footprint, here are some ideas on how to be more energy-efficient while home-working.
Firstly choose your workspace carefully. Make sure you are working…
Everything we are doing for the planet is for our children, and they will need to continue our efforts. So how can we engage our kids and nurture their environmental consciences?
Sometimes the scale of environmental issues can feel overwhelming, so we recommend breaking it down and introducing concepts simply and slowly.
Here are a few ideas that can be adapted for various age groups.
Food and cooking
Cooking together is an excellent introduction to the environment. Even if you’re not the best chef, cook food your child likes together and see what happens. If you choose cakes, chat about…
On the 31 March 2021, we were all shocked to hear that the Green Homes Grant (GHG) scheme was to close immediately. After initially being launched in September 2020, the programme had just been extended for another year to 31 March 2022. However, months of frustrating setbacks had left the scheme in complete chaos, with installers and homeowners struggling to install energy-efficient solutions within the rigid timelines.
What was the GHG?
As part of the government’s “green industrial revolution”, homeowners were offered GHG vouchers between £5,000 and £10,000 to fund up to two-thirds of the cost for energy efficiency improvements…
We’re famous for doting on our pets in Britain. Well, they are part of our family, aren’t they? However, regardless of whether you are a dog-person, cat-person or any other type of pet-person, you need to know that your pet makes an impact on the environment.
As an owner, you have the responsibility to help your pet be as much “green” as possible. A common misconception about pets being eco-friendly is that it tends to be more expensive, but actually, this isn’t the case! …
At Efficient Homes, we’re always looking at how we can reduce our carbon footprint, so we’ve put together some energy-saving tips to share.
It’s always nice to remember that by using less energy, not only do you reduce your carbon footprint, you also save money on your utility bills. After all, the cheapest and greenest energy is the energy you don’t use!
There are plenty of ways to be more energy-efficient — some far more complex and costly than others. So why not start with these easy and inexpensive ways to save a little more energy and lower your bills?
What is community energy?
Community energy is exactly what it sounds like — energy generated by a community for its own use. At Efficient Homes, we love community energy because it puts people at the heart of fighting climate change.
While many community projects focus on energy generation via renewable sources, energy efficiency, storage, and low carbon projects can be community energy projects too.
What are the benefits of community energy?
By working together, community energy projects allow people to access cheaper energy while adding many other clear social and economic benefits to local areas, including:
Energy and climate change
Wondering how solar batteries work and what all the fuss is? Are you considering investing in a battery for solar storage? If so, you’re on to something. Here’s everything you need to know.
When is a battery right for your home?
While solar panels can reduce your energy bills, they don’t typically capture and store the excess energy you create so that you can use it at another time. Unless that is, you add a battery.
If you have solar panels and are already using a large proportion of the electricity you generate, installing solar battery backup is a smart…
News & thought leadership from renewable energy leader Efficient Homes.