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Make your home warmer, greener and more energy efficient

October 5, 2012

Cwtching up by the fire might not be a necessity anymore!


It’s that time of the year. The days are getting shorter. The winter is drawing closer as every day passes by. And we debate when we can start thinking about putting the heating on. Can we switch it on in October? Is that too early? Are we wasting money if we do?


Did you know that with some energy-efficient upgrades, you can reduce the amount of central heating you consume, helping to keep your home warmer and your bills down?


Figures from The Guardian show that over 80 per cent of households in Wales have failed to top up their insulation and are wasting money on ever-rising heating bills. It is believed that many are unaware of the financial incentives that the government can provide for those who choose to upgrade.


The UK government has just launched The Green Deal, due to come into effect at the end of this month. Through the deal, customers in England, Wales and Scotland will receive a loan to make energy efficient improvements to their home. The instalment repayments are then calculated so they should not exceed the savings made on an average bill.  Therefore, in theory, your energy bill should not increase, even with this loan attached.


Not only is there a huge potential to save money, but insulation is an incredibly green method of keeping your home warm and cosy. The reduction in the amount of energy used translates into a smaller personal carbon footprint and the knowledge that you’re helping Wales become greener and friendlier to the planet.


It also reduces the build-up of mould, airborne dust and pollen in the home, making it a more comfortable and stress-free place to live.


In the build-up to Christmas and with many of us financially stretched, I’m sure a lot of you are thinking ‘it’s just not the right time to invest in something so big’. But, with winter just around the corner and the fact that energy prices just cannot be predicted; can we all really afford to put this on the back burner?

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