With Christmas credit card bills due to be paid soon, many people can be forgiven for thinking it has been a chilly start to the year, in more ways than one. Some post-festive belt tightening may also be required, again in more ways than one.
Yet this is the perfect time to start considering alternative energy. Heating and hot water accounts for over 80% of domestic energy consumption and over a fifth of households spend more than 10% of their income on heating.
Although the Government is on an austerity drive, it recognises the need to help people save money on their fuel bills. Funding is available for households to improve insulation and switch to renewable energy systems, which not only save on running costs but also help the environment.
There are a range of renewable technologies, to suit different budgets and properties. The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme offers cash payments of up to £1,250 for installing equipment such as solar thermal panels and heat pumps, with further subsidies due to be announced later in the year. Manufacturers such as Mitsubishi and NIBE are also offering additional cash back in conjunction with RHPP, but prospective customers need to hurry, as the RHPP scheme closes on 31st March.
There is a lot of choice on the market, so it is essential that professional advice is sought from a reputable Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited company before making any decision. Companies such as Ecoliving undertake free no obligation surveys and offer a range of products, as well as providing advice on funding.
For further information and advice please contact Peter Hardy at Ecoliving, tel: 01785 280721, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ecolivinguk.com