Millions of people are set to see their heating bills go up from next month – and some are predicting more rises to come next year. The soaring wholesale price of gas in the first part of this year recently led the energy regulator Ofgem to increase its price cap, and the 11 million households who pay by direct debit will see prices rise from an average of £1,138 a year to £1,277 from October. And because wholesale energy prices continue to be so expensive, it is now suggested that there will be a second increase next April in order to take account of the rises. However, there are ways to keep your bills down. Paul Winney of the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), a Bristol-based charity, says there are simple steps to take in order to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Observer 12th Sept 2021 read more »
Most of us ignore the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) until we move house, when organising an assessor to come round with a clipboard and climb into the loft is yet another thing to tick off the list. And pay for. This is changing. The government wants to use EPCs as a guide to what improvements can be made to cut down on domestic energy use. Climate change is turning up the heat on homeowners and landlords whose management of their bricks and mortar is the key to Britain meeting any net zero targets. EPCs were introduced in 2007 to record a home’s energy efficiency rating from A to G — with E the lowest legally acceptable standard for tenants, at least — and. EPC assessors recommend changes that will reduce a building’s carbon footprint and lower energy bills, and estimate their costs. Each certificate is valid for ten years. Estate agents flog EPCs as part of their selling package or you can instruct your own assessor. However, the government want this piece of paper or digital certificate — costing less than the price of a couple of pizzas and a bottle of wine (from about £45) — to become the key to highlighting the most-effective energy improvements for your home, cutting down household bills and reducing your carbon footprint.
Times 12th Sept 2021 read more »