Improving the energy efficiency of your home doesn't always mean spending money. Even the smallest things we do can add up to a big waste of energy and money! You can make your home a lot more energy efficient for free in some cases!
You can also help the environment by reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases by simply improving your insulation.
Next time you're replacing an electrical item such as a washing machine or microwave, look for the energy rating and try to get an A-rated appliance, they may be a little more expensive initially but they'll save you money by using less energy to run.
The Energy Saving Trust website is full of good ideas for being energy efficient, but we also have an Energy Officer who can give you support and advice to residents whether you are an homeowner, council tenant or private tenant. If you have issues with fuel tariffs, fuel debt, energy efficiency, etc, or if you would just like advice on how to keep warm this winter, please contact us.
Insulating your solid walls could cut your heating costs considerably, because solid walls let through twice as much heat as cavity walls do. The good news is they can be insulated – from the inside or the outside. If your home was built before 1920, its external walls are probably solid rather than cavity walls. Cavity walls are made of two layers with a small gap or ‘cavity’ between them. Solid walls have no such gap, so they let more heat through. This will cost more than insulating a standard cavity wall, but the savings on your heating bills will be bigger too. There are a number of companies who are offering free or discounted Externall Wall Insulation, including:
Rural Action Derbyshire have launched an Oil Buying Syndicate, bulk-buying scheme for domestic heating oil. The scheme aims to bring communities together to make the most of joint buying power so that greater savings can be made and passed on to customers. Full details on the scheme can be obtained from Rural Action Derbyshire.
When planning a home refurbishment it is worth considering how to improve the energy efficiency of your home so you can benefit from a more comfortable home and lower energy bills. An Introduction to Low Carbon Domestic Refurbishment (6.39MB)provides information on how to refurbish your home in a way that improves energy efficiency.
Two reports that have been produced covering Bolsover District:
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