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Making home improvements can lead to savings on your fuel bills.
Home improvements can be expensive at first but ultimately they
will save you money, and you may qualify for financial help to make
If you have a house, check your loft is insulated to the
recommended depth 270 mm. Wall cavity insulation, hot water pipe
and hot water cylinder insulation can also save you money.
A time switch will help you set heating and hot water to come on
at times you need them. Room thermostats switch off the heating
automatically at a certain temperature, and individual radiator
thermostats will allow you to control each room's temperature
High-efficiency condensing boilers are the most energy efficient
and might help save you around a third of the cost of your heating
Read our energy saving tips for improvements
you can make without altering your home.
If you live in council housing or rent from a housing
association, contact your landlord to find out more about saving
If you live in private accommodation or own your own property,
there are schemes that help with the costs of improvements.
Criteria will vary according to which part of the UK you live
Available in England, Scotland and Wales, the Green Deal scheme
allows you to make energy efficient improvements with no upfront
costs. The costs are recovered through instalment charges on your
Call the Energy Savings Advice Service (0300 808 2282) if you're
in England or Wales or Home Energy Scotland (0808 808 2282) if
you're in Scotland.
Larger energy suppliers will provide certain homes with energy
efficiency measures, such as glazing and insulation. This includes
insulation in 'hard to treat' homes. Providers with ECO obligations
include British Gas, EDF, E.ON, First Utility and Scottish
Call the Energy Savings Advice Service or contact your energy
supplier to find out what improvements they make under the scheme.
Many suppliers have this information on their websites.
HEEPS is a package of schemes that can provide, among other
money-saving initiatives, funding to insulate your home.
Call the Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 to find out what
support you're eligible for. Anyone who calls the hotline can get
free expert energy advice.
This scheme provides households with energy efficiency
improvements. Available improvement measures include heating
systems and insulation installation and window replacement.
You might be entitled to the scheme if you are an owner occupier
or a householder of a privately rented property and your gross
annual household is income is less than £20,000. Certain benefits
are included in the income assessment, but Disability Living Allowance
(DLA) payments for dependent children should be ignored.
The scheme is only available in areas being targeted by the
local council. Those areas considered to be in greatest need of
energy efficiency will be contacted first. To find out more, visit
NI Direct webpage or call 0300 200 7874.
Open to all in Wales, NEST can offer free advice, a full home
energy assessment and home improvements for the most energy
inefficient homes, including insulation and newer technologies.
You can apply by calling NEST on 0808 808 224 or completing a
NEST call back request form.
Councils have powers to help 'vulnerable' groups with repairs
and improvements to the home. Conditions do apply. Check to see if
you qualify. Contact your local authority housing department for